Why Do Student Athletes Get Paid

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Over the past few decades, there has been controversy over whether or not NCAA athletes should get paid in addition to the other incentives they already receive. This debate emerged in 1991 when the University of Michigan men’s basketball team, also referred to as the Fab Five, was recognized as the best recruiting class in college basketball history. Although NCAA athletes dedicate much of their time and energy to sport, they receive scholarships that cover majority of their college expenses giving them an unfair advantage, therefore student athletes should not get paid for participating in sport. (CHANGE THESIS A BIT) Aside from the incentives that student athletes are awarded, the main reason student athletes should not get paid is simply because the NCAA cannot afford to pay them. -find statistic on how many schools actually produce revenue…. -result: forced to cut smaller programs -workers’ comp insurance costs soooo much…show more content…
For example, the NCAA is split into three divisions---Division I, Division II, and Division III. Hypothetically speaking, an athlete who participates in Division I sport is far more talented than an athlete who competes at a Division III level. Also, people fail to take into consideration that not all athletes on a team are at the same competitive level. It would be unfair for a starter to get paid the same amount as someone who sits on the bench for the entire season. Looking visually at the numbers, the amount of funding students receive for tuition differs from each university. Thelin (2016) provides an example of this in the
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