College Athletes

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The question whether “If college athletes should get paid or not?” has been debated for many years. The debate is brought up every year during the NCAA men’s basketball, March Madness competition, and starts again when football season begins. College athletes do provide entertainment for sports fans, but all the benefits that they do receive should limit them from being paid. The benefit student athletes obtain is free tuition, health coverage, and an opened opportunity for their future.

The existence of sports over the past 100 years has always been about support, excitement, and coming together as a team. The real question is, are student athletes actually playing for the “love of the game”? Even though college athletes provide entertainment
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From an employer’s aspect, student athlete résumés show they are well in time management, goal achievement, and leadership. “They’re always working on the next goal….Their lives are very structured.” (NCAA.org) Not only are they supported by the NCAA on the field, but also assisted through finding employment. Finding employment for a student athlete is way easier than non-traditional students. After graduating, student athletes able to become a professional. Professional athletes are paid much more than doctors. So, student athletes should realize they have a lot coming for them in their future. Athletes such as Floyd Mayweather is paid up to more than $85,000,000 per year, while doctors do not get paid more than $500,000. “The average debt is $32,528. That is an enormous burden for kids who may, or may not have a job awaiting them upon graduation. When you look at it that way, plenty of college students would be happy to play a sport for four years if it meant they did not have to take on that financial hardship.” (Daily Local) What if college athletes did get paid? A question to consider is, “how much each player would get paid?” or “how much would each sport get paid”. Would all athletes get paid the same amount? Football players would think that would be unfair, since they bring in so much revenue for their schools. If the NCAA had to choose which sport

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