Should Student Athletes Be Paid For Their Athletic Duties?

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In recent years, the debate on whether or not student athletes should be paid for their athletic duties has been a rising issue. The reason that this issue is arising is because athletes feel as if everyone benefits for their playing except for them. There have been many different arguments on each side of this debate which bring up many different points. Student athletes should not get paid because they are already getting a great deal with the scholarship they receive from the NCAA. Advocates who support the payment of student athletes such as former professional athlete, Tyson Hartnett believe that student athletes’ scholarships are not enough to cover their personal finances. Hartnett argues “that a scholarship doesn 't equal cash in a player 's pocket. Even with any type of scholarship, college athletes are typically dead broke” (Hartnett). The premise of this argument is that although these athletes are able to receive the benefit of scholarships, they are not able to have money for themselves and for their leisure activities. Athletes are always practicing, and they do not have time to get a real job like most other students. On the opposing side, there is Jay Paterno who completely disagrees, and he believes that student athletes should not be paid. Paterno feels as if students are already paid through their scholarships and “this pay package looks pretty good to most of America” (Paterno). Not only are they able to get their sport scholarship, but they also are eligible for HOPE Scholarship, and Pell Grant as well. There is also a needy student fund that allows student athletes money for clothes. After tuition and room and board are taken out of their scholarship money, they are able to keep the rest of the money in th... ... middle of paper ... ...g, the student-athletes are being gluttonous, because they want more than they are given, while others would kill for what they have. Paterno correctly suggests that student athletes should not receive payment because the educational opportunity that they are receiving for free is payment enough. There have been many arguments that are for and against paying student athletes for their athletic duties. Student athletes should not receive payment because their scholarships are already a form of payment. Student athletes get scholarships that pay for their tuition, room and board, and textbooks. Most of them do not have to take out any loans. On the other hand, there are the average students as myself, who still have to worry about paying everything off even with loans. Student athletes really have a better deal and they should just appreciate it and see it as payment.

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