Most of us have watched a college sporting event at one point or another in our life. Few people actually know and are aware of all the hard work, and dedication college athletes put towards their sport. However, they do not receive a compensation for their hard work. These Athletes are sometimes mistreated physically and mentally, yet the debate over whether or not to pay college athletes is a big debate. One reason college athletes should get paid is because they make millions of dollars for their school.
It may lead to athletic departments becoming more of a business instead of helping athletes receive an education. Student athletes have more passion for their sport because they are fighting to play. Spectators love college athletes because the athletes are playing for the school and not money. Paying college athletes to play could benefit the players but it would only create more problems for other athletes, students and universities. The innocence of college sports would be taken away if college athletes are paid.
Paying the students could also give them reason to go and stay in college instead of going professional early. The money of the professional leagues is tempting for many students but that money is only temporary. If the athletes stay in school when they are done with sports they can be successful in the real world with their college degree. There also many cons in paying college athletes. "If we move toward pay-for-play - if we convert our student athletes to emp... ... middle of paper ... ... and there hasn’t seem to be many problems.
As March Madness approaches, fans and players prepare for one of the most exciting tournaments in college sports. Fans pack the arenas to see these men go to battle and put it all on the line for the title. As we watch these athletes compete, we can’t help but ask why don’t these athletes get paid. There are over 420,000 collegiate athletes that partake in Division One, Two, or Three athletics according to the NCAA. Whether or not these athletes should get paid has been a pressing issue.
Many colleges also use the revenue to recruit incoming players. “Division I teams often spend large amounts of money recruiting the best players and coaches. Although players are not paid, they are often given athletic scholarships to attend college” (Cline). There really is no need to pay college athletes since they are given scholarships. Some people argue that they need personal expense money.
Paid Like Pros? It seems to be a very popular notion to argue that college athletes should be paid just like pro athletes. College athletes put in hours on end for practice, games, and they bring in money for the school. Many fans of the sport spend money on tickets for games, merchandise, and when betting on the games. Television broadcasting alone of college sports have soared to nearly $2 billion a year (Koba, 1).
These academic scholarships that are offered to certain athletes can range in value from 15,000 dollars for in state tuition to 40,000 dollars for out of state tuition. College athletes are also provided with any desired equipment to use in their individual sport. College athletics have become so competitive that they have attracted world class coaches that instruct their players to play at the level of play that is achieved by professional athletes. Playing sports in college should be a privilege and a blessing. Why would you pay college athletes money on top of the money they are being given through equipment, coaching, and education?
There is so much pressure riding on high school athletes’ shoulders. Schoolwork, sports, family, their future, there is always a decision to be made. Sometimes they can create a career, or sometimes it can destroy one. Colleges would do anything to land a 5-star student athlete in their program, legal, or illegal. If you stay within the rules you can build a program for success, but if you try to cheat you could burn a program to the ground.
The scholarships given to college athletes are not sufficient enough to sustain them throughout the year, which is why I believe they should get paid and receive benefits. Student athletes, especially football and basketball players, play a major role in generating revenue for schools, businesses, coaches and the players do not see a penny. College athletes often do not have money in their pockets for extra food, clothes, housing and extracurricular activities. They also can potentially get dropped from their teams due to injury, leaving them incapable of paying for college. College athletes should be treated like every other employee because they work hard, and make everyone but themselves a lot of money.
Most weekends during the year, many people support their hometown college sports’ teams, cheering them on until their voices are gone. Fans support their favorite college team no matter what the decision to be made is; whether it is a bad call made by a coach, the first loss of a season, there will always be some kind of encouragement and uplift behind the decision. However, it seems like fans support their college teams until they get asked one question: Should college athletes get paid? College athletes are not getting paid which is a problem to consider, and the general public as well as universities do have the funds to make that possible. There are many reasons as to why college athletes should not be getting paid, and to which many agree with.