The cost of housing and food, puts a huge dent in college student’s pockets every year. College students need anywhere from five-hundred-dollars to one-thousand-dollars a year for food. Getting all the things you need just to make it through college can range anywhere from four-thousand-dollars to eleven-thousand-dollars a year depending on your needs (Frazier). Athletes have a hard time finding time for a job because the sport they play and academics take up their life. If the NCAA would allow schools to pay their athletes it would not only help the many athletes bringing in money to the school, but it could help the school as well by bringing up grades from athletes.
Should a professional athlete be paid millions of dollars a year, when there are people out there barely scraping change to afford their monthly bills. Peyton Manning makes over 18 million dollars in a single year for going out in the public eye and playing a simple sport for the amusement of others. That’s more than most people can make in a lifetime. Should we really be paying Peyton Manning 18 million to play a 16 game season, when others are barely making $17,000 to support themselves? That is isn’t practical or fair at all considering a firefighter makes an average of $43,000 a year.
There is currently a major issue in today’s college athletics. Universities and the NCAA make billions of dollars while some student-athletes go hungry. There is a huge debate over whether or not student-athletes should be paid as employees of their respective colleges. Personally, I don’t believe players should receive full-time salaries, but Universities and the NCAA should be required to increase the value of the scholarships that they award to student-athletes. By requiring that colleges provide athletes with an additional $2,000 per semester as part of their scholarship you can greatly increase the well-being (welfare) of the students.
On the other side of the argument, people argue that college athletics generate enough money for the university, that the athletes should receive more than just a scholarship. Collegiate athletes deserve a small stipend for their services toward the university. The typical Division 1 athletic scholarship provides tuition, room and board, and books. For many athletes that’s where the money stops. Many college athletes accept a scholarship, because if they didn’t have one, wouldn’t be able to get into college.
And are they really making money though, or are they actually losing money? However, with most to all college athletes having their college tuition paid for, what greater reward could they ask for than a free education? This argument has been trying to settle people’s minds with coming to a conclusion of whether or not the athletes should be paid. Many people love college athletics because it is just that: college athletics. The bidding on March Madness made more money than bids that were placed on the Super Bowl this past year.
Imagine a business that brings in $60 million each year ,and the people fueling that industry receive none of the revenue(Wieberg). These same people work 40 hours in their sport every week, these “people” are college athletes. The NCAA, the governing body for major college sports, is the industry doing this to college athletes(Edelman). This is an issue of exploitation and control by large institutions over primarily poor people, the NCAA is guiding them in directions to make money for everybody while doing everything possible to keep the players out of the money. College Athletes deserve profit because they bring in large revenue into their program, the NCAA, and they invest tons of time into their sport.
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.
Many colleges also use the revenue to recruit incoming players. “Division I teams often spend large amounts of money recruiting the best players and coaches. Although players are not paid, they are often given athletic scholarships to attend college” (Cline). There really is no need to pay college athletes since they are given scholarships. Some people argue that they need personal expense money.
This means that people that are skillful in college can sign a big contract for millions of dollars and they can get injured their first play of their first game and be out for the rest of their career. What is really crazy is that professional athletes get mad if they don't have two or three million more than they are offered when there already swimming in money. Other athletes think that they are getting paid too much for an example drew brees quarterback for the New Orleans Saints told to nesn ... ... middle of paper ... ...y when u could go across the street and get a six pack for cheaper and save money. If you also go to the patriot place in Foxboro massachusetts right next to Gillette Stadium they charge you a lot more money because you are near Gillette stadium. Over all professional athletes are getting overpaid for what they are worth while other professions deserve the money.
However regardless of the argument, I still feel that college athletes should NOT be paid to play. College athletes are not forced into playing the sport that they have devoted their time to during their years in secondary education. They continue to play into the college level for their love of the game. And for this, many college athletes are offered full scholarships. Today’s tuition for many schools are so expensive that without the scholarships that some of the students receive, they would not be able to attend college at all.