Should Student Athletes Be Paid?

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Every year more than 460,00 NCAA student-athletes compete in 24 sports (NCAA). These are held to high expectations not only on as an athlete but as a student too. But should student-athletes at the collegiate level be paid. They go through expectations of vigorous training while playing and maintaining their studies. In the article Are players School Employees? by Reed Karaim shows how students have the right to unionize, along with class-action lawsuits demanding more compensation and better treatment for college athletes, has amplified debate over whether they should be paid.
Reed Karaim discusses how the top of collegiate competition deserves greater compensation for their efforts rather than scholarships. Meaning these athlete’s deserve
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It is obvious that there is not enough money to pay every student athlete. In the article there is discussion of rewarding football and basketball players because they bring the highest income in. This would be unfair to other athletes. Ann Mayo, director of sport management at Seton Hall says, “says athletes in other sports, such as swimming or track and field, are no less dedicated than those in the money-making sports. Yet because many athletes in the non-revenue-generating sports know they will not go pro, they concentrate on taking advantage of the educational opportunity provided by their scholarship” (Karaim). Paying just football or basketball players rectifies Title IX, which bars discrimination by gender. It is sought to end in expensive ligations if female athletes aren’t treated the …show more content…
But is more evident that no time soon will colleges be paying student athletes, there are multiple reasons why it will not work. Although Reed Karaim makes some valid points the NCAA cannot pay all college athletes. It is clear that, in addition to their academic course loads, student-athletes’ physical conditioning, practice, travel and competition schedules make it difficult for many of them to take on part-time employment to supplement their institutional aid as do other students, but they took on that responsibility when they continued to compete; but student athlete’s should not be

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