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Should College Athletes get Paid?

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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. One being most of the college athletes are on scholarships anyway. According to Rick Burton, a sports management professor from Syracuse University, “At some schools, the value of those benefits during four years of college might exceed $250,000.” (Zissou 5). These athletes are already getting paid by leaving college debt-free and not having to pay a dime back since they are getting a free education. Why pay them when they have already so much taken care of? They are receiving all these extra benefits and a free education that only a regular student could dream of having. Mike Singletary, former 49er’s head coach once said, "Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play."

That’s all it is. It’s an opportunity to gain access to the next level up in whatever game it is that the college athlete is playing. I can see why others wouldn’t want college athletes to get paid because all it is, is an opportunity to move up and to get noticed. The athlete is making...

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... games and jerseys being sold without the player’s compensation.

Everyone can understand that being a full-time student and balancing work can be difficult. College athletes are not getting paid, and the general public as well as universities do have the funds and means to make it possible. If college athletes don’t get paid, they could very well walk off the playing field and not come back. What would happen if the entire Fresno State University football team walked off the field and decided they weren’t going to play until they got a paycheck? The university would lose a ton of money, and the funds of the school would drop even more. There are a lot of good reasons behind whether or not college athletes should be paid, but what it comes down to is what is going to be best for the universities and public as a whole, and how they can benefit from these athletes.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that only two percent of high school graduates will go on to college with a full ride scholarship. while some athletes receive scholarships, the average amount doesn't cover the full cost of college.
  • Opines that college athletes should get paid because they were put into video games and didn't see a dime of that money come back to them.
  • Opines that college athletes aren't getting paid, and the general public and universities have the funds and means to make it possible.
  • Argues that college athletes aren't getting paid, and that the general public and universities have the funds to make that possible.
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