Should College Athletes be Paid?

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Are college sports an extracurricular activity or a job? The argument to pay college athletes has increased in the last few years. Some say athletes have a full time job and deserve to be paid since they are over-scheduled with many school-related activities. College athletes should not be paid because it is a privilege to play a sport for a college.
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). Craig Greenlee, a free-lance sports journalist, claims, "The scholarship does not include spending money allowance to help cover incidental expenses such as laundry or bath items"(Greenlee 62). Why should student athletes receive spending money when students with academic scholarships do not even expect to get spending money. Athletes complain about not getting a salary for the sport they participate in, but they do not realize that education acts as another form of payment.
It would be too expensive to pay all college athletes. Dennis Johnson, a free-lance writer, exposes most Division II sports drain athletic budgets and do not make a profit. ...

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