Furthermore, there are benefits student players already receive, such as scholarships and other aids from their school. The scholarship conta... ... middle of paper ... ...cusing on getting an education as well as their sport; whereas, professionals are just focusing on their sport. I believe college athletes should not get paid for various reasons: they receive scholarships, perks and it would create problems with the university expenses. Paying student athletes would create major issues that the universities might face. It may lead to athletic departments becoming more of a business instead of helping athletes receive an education.
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. For these students, college sports offer a great avenue to obtain an education that otherwise would not have been available for them. This allows them opportunity to study something that they can use to build a better life for themselves and their families. Many people believe that the money generated from the sports played by these kids should be given back to them as they are the ones drawing the fans to these events. However few realize how little schools actually gain money by participating in the National Colligate Athletics Association.
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.
Graduating college debt free is a huge advantage for those who play in a college team as athletes. Not having to deal with all that burden is in fact by itself a payment. The argument goes on that college athletes are compensated with free education and living expenses and that is another form of payment. Many graduate athletes find their jobs easier and faster than ordinary graduates because they may be remembered for their touchdown throws or for the touchdowns they made. So unlike their fellow normal students, the student athletes are more certain about their future due to the publicity they gain through their college experience.
These athletes receive free tuition, textbooks, rooms, meal, and training. So they should not be paid extra money on top of that. Athletes may have to train hard, but while they are training, non-athletic students are out working to pay off debts. By paying athletes, it would hurt many smaller universities without much athletic funding, as they would not be able to buy the best players like bigger colleges could. College sports are meant to bring players and fans together to celebrate their school, but sports are becoming too big a part of college life.
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?
These changes should include granting student athletes stipends, better rules for agents, and clearer scholarships. “A scholarship doesn't equal cash in a player's pocket. Even with any type of scholarship, college athletes are typically dead broke” (Hartnett). Being an athlete in college is as demanding as a full time job. They also have to put the time in to be a full time student as well.
College is the place to learn, get your education, and become successful. Paying a particular player is not going to be fair to the other players. Choosing a particular player and sport will also cause tension with other sports such as soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, and all the other sports that colleges offer. Athletes say that they are great at what they do and needs be recognized for their talent. If a great athlete gets recognized by a college and wants them to play for their team, that athlete already gets a free education plus more.
To me College athletes getting paid would help the athletes and make their college life easier. Most people, who disagree with what I just said, would say “no college athletes shouldn’t get paid because it would take too much money away from the school, and you would have to pay men and women in each sport “Or th... ... middle of paper ... ...can’t help the athletes not even a little bit. So like I said paying college athletes some money would help them in the future and make their life way easier. Without money they are nothing and won’t last in the world. Last issue is, what about the kids who are actually paying the full tuition or partial tuition to go there, where is their money going?
The NCAA and professional leagues can work together to institute a plan to compensate these athletes and remedy all these problems. Student athletes need money just like any other college students, and many of them need it even more. According to Steve Wulf, many college athletes come from disadvantaged backgrounds (94). This means that while the free tuition is nice, they are still going to need money for other expenses that every college student faces. The NCAA finally realized this recently and decided to allow athletes to have a job earning up to $2000 during the school year (Greenlee 63).