More the ever before, the question "Should college athletes be paid?" is being debated by student-athletes, the NCAA, and the media, as well as non-athletic students. College athletes benefit the school with another income. So shouldn’t they be given something for all their hard work? There is only one answer and that is, college athletes should not get paid because it is the worst form of destruction to educational system.
In recent years, a major controversy in the NCAA has been whether or not student athletes in college should be paid for playing sports. There are different viewpoints from different people stating if they should or not. Many people believe that they are already being rewarded enough with their education being paid, but even with the school’s help with their tuition and school fees, many have trouble paying personal expenses. Even though some people believe they shouldn’t be compensated for their hard work and dedication, it is the right thing to do, due to their lack of time occupied by sports and schoolwork. Many famous athletes in college such as Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow bring in millions of dollars into their universities due to publicity and even though they are breaking their backs they don’t receive a single dime for their hard work.
Life as a student athlete is not all that fun and is hard but some people say that it could not be that bad since they are getting their education paid for. Many people say that the athletes should not be paid because they are getting paid by getting free education. With them getting paid the regular students feel that it would not be far to them. The people against the athletes receiving pay also say that it would be unfair to the smaller schools since they do not make as much money as the larger schools. These statements might be correct but the athletes are not just normal students.
So now these kids are not getting the education they should, but instead are just trying to make money. College athletes deserve to be paid, if the NCAA is making money from their play. The NCAA is a trap for athletes to make colleges money, colleges don’t care enough for the individual athletes, and these athletes do so much for their colleges. These are just a few of many examples of how the NCAA is deceiving and using these athletes. The NCAA is an old institution.
Athletes receive a full scholarship for their participation in a college sport. In his article about the pros and cons of paying college athletes, Dennis Johnson, a writer for The Sport Journal, explains that full scholarships can be expensive since most of them range between $30,000 and $200,000. Dennis Johnson mentions, "Student-athletes do cost the university a substantial amount of money each year"(Johnson and Acquaviva np). Some athletes do not appreciate the gift of a scholarship given to them and wish for a salary instead. William Casement of Naples, a former philosophy professor, states, "Athletes are fortunate that they received their degrees or made substantial process toward it while competing athletically"(Casement and Haug np).
College athletes should not be get paid to play for multiple reasons, some being scholarships, some being a student comes first, not an athlete. Poor money management and big schools would dominate little schools in the recruiting process, and may lose on focus of education, or they may get caught up in living the life of a professional athlete. These are all concrete reasons to why college athletes should not be paid and should take what is given and be happy with it because not all students aren’t getting the same treatment. In some cases athletes get much more than the average student in regards to scholarships, housing, books, and even meals. Now a days college athletes get much more praise and attention compa... ... middle of paper ... ...ractive player to professional recruiters.
There would not be any money left over for the schools to get tutored, hire better teachers, or acquire updated technology. In reality, not all universities can afford to pay the athletes. Some sport teams may be required to be cut so the university can have enough money to pay the popular teams. As a result, cutting the sport teams will limit student athlete’s verities of sport teams to join. Furthermore, there are benefits student players already receive, such as scholarships and other aids from their school.