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Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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College athletics are becoming more and more like the professional leagues except for one big issue, money. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) makes billions every year off these student athletes. March Madness is one of the biggest money makers for the NCAA, in 2010 the NCAA signed a 14 year deal worth almost $11 billion with CBS and Turner Sports that would give them the rights to shows the games (USA Today, 2010). Football and basketball bring in the most money at universities, so why not pay the athletes? Especially when the universities, NCAA, and coaches are all getting paid. With all the revenue that football and basketball bring to a university, I believe that football and basketball players should get a share in that.

Opposing Arguments

The majority of student athletes are on scholarship, so why pay them when they already go to school for free? Student athletes are in school to learn and play sports for their respective universities not to be paid to play. If they get paid it’ll be just like professional sports. Even if you do pay the students, it would be hard because of Title IX, a federally-mandated law, if conferences and schools decide to increase the value of student-athlete scholarships to cover living expenses, they have to do it for women’s programs as well. With that said it might lose money because women sports don’t make as much money as men sports. Another factor that is being overlooked is the competitive disadvantage this would pose for smaller schools. The big time conferences, the SEC, Big10, Big12, and Pac12 all have big time deals with TV channels and such so they have more revenue coming in than the smaller conferences like the MAC, and the Sun Belt. With this said it wouldn’t be fa...

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...o get injured on the job you get workers compensation, right? College athletics is a job, but if you get hurt they can’t do anything about it, even if the injury is a life-threatening one. This results in many people trying to sue the NCAA because they believe this isn’t fair but that is another discussion. College athletes deserve to be paid based on all they do for their university.

Works Cited

Edwards, Harry. “Share the Wealth”

16 December 2011. Web. 18 April 2013

ESPN. “College Athletics Revenues and Expenses-2008”

2008. Web. 18 April 2013

O’Toole, Thomas. “NCAA reaches 14-year deal with CBS/Turner …..now”

22 April 2010. Web. 18 April 2013

Schneider, Raymond G. “COLLEGE STUDENTS' ……STUDENT-ATHLETES.”

June 2001. Web. 18 April 2013

Wieberg, Steve. “ Ex-QB sues NCAA, EA Sports over use of athletes' likenesses”

7 May 2009. Web. 18 April 2013

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that college athletics are becoming more and more like professional leagues except for one big issue, money. football and basketball bring in the most money at universities, so why not pay the athletes?
  • Explains that student athletes are on scholarships to learn and play sports for their respective universities, not to be paid to play. however, if conferences and schools increase the value of student-athlete scholarships, it might lose money because women sports don't make as much money as men.
  • Opines that if we pay these athletes they would focus more on football or basketball. this would sound appealing to many athletes, collecting checks and practicing while not worrying about class.
  • Opines that universities make millions off student athletes if they spend wisely. athletes want to play in the nfl, mlb, nba, nhl and other leagues for obvious reasons.
  • Analyzes how harry edwards, a san francisco 49ers consultant, pointed out that student athletes can't make money off purchases made by people, even though stores and shops can use players names and faces without approval. keller sued the ncaa and its video game partner ea sports for this reason.
  • Opines that if student athletes were paid, they would stay in school longer, educate them, and enjoy college before the real world hits.
  • Opines that student athletes should be paid because football and basketball are the highest revenues sports in every school. head coaches do many things for the team and university that go unnoticed.
  • Opines that paying student athletes would benefit people who are already paying for school while playing football.
  • Opines that college athletics is growing more and more everyday, with stadiums being renovated, deals being made, and coaches being paid.
  • Opines that paying student athletes would eliminate many of the "normal" problems of being a student athlete.

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