Between class, keeping up with their studies, participating in multiple practices and games per week, it is very hard for a college athlete to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Not to mention, these students have little time to sleep, eat, or even maintain a part time job, so that they can earn even a small income. Even though these college students receive many athletic scholarships and do get benefits like athletic apparel and fame for being a college athlete, they have no time or money for themselves. There are many pros and cons to adding college athletes to the pay roll, but does the good really outweigh the bad? The debates will continue to rise on the pressing issue of whether or not college athletes should be paid any further than the scholarships they receive.
The first reason that people have shown views against pay for play is because scholarships pay for college athlete’s school either fully or partially. Secondly people believe pay for play would create jealousy and hypocrisy on college campuses between administration, college students, and other civic workers. The first reason that people have been convinced about pay for play is overpaid college coaches who make millions for the little work they do. Next the NCCA, Colleges, and merchandisers profit millions off the athletes every week without any of that revenue given back to the athletes. Next people believe scholarships are ineffective or incomplete.
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).
This is very understandable because one of the biggest reasons college sports are so popular is because the athletes play for school pride and for bragging rights. They play because they enjoy the game, not because it is their job. Most people that disagree with the idea of paying the athletes fail to realize what really goes on behind the scenes. At most Universities around the country the bulk of the income the school receives is brought in through the athletic programs. In fact the football and basketball teams usually bring in enough money to completely pay for the rest of the athletic programs all together.
“Definition of indentured servant, you work for accommodations and food.” (Arian Foster, Get schooled Netflix documentary). This definition could also describe a college athlete. College athletes have been making the NCAA millions of dollars for decades. All the athletes want is money to help them get by in school, but because we are not paying them they leave for the pros as soon as they can. So now these kids are not getting the education they should, but instead are just trying to make money.
College athletes generate millions of dollars for their schools each year, yet they are not allowed to be compensated beyond a scholarship due to being considered amateurs. College athletes are some of the hardest working people in the nation, having to focus on both school courses and sports. Because athletics take so much time, these student-athletes are always busy. College football and basketball are multi-billion dollar businesses. The NCAA does not want to pay the athletes beyond scholarships, and it would be tough to work a new compensation program into the NCAA and university budgets.
“Most College athletes earn a spot on the team with some level of funding in their pocket by marketing themselves” (Scholarship A... ... middle of paper ... ...letes are treated un-fairly and more so treated like slaves with the amount of work they have to do, regarding school and their sport. College athletes deserve to be paid because they have continuously risk their time, bodies, and lives to help universities. Works Cited Frederick, Brain D. "Brian Frederick." US News. U.S.News & World Report, n.d.