Essay On Why College Athletes Should Be Paid

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Professional and Collegiate athletics have always been a huge source of entertainment, not only just for Americans, but worldwide. Success of many of these teams brings in large sums of revenue for their teams. But there is a major difference between Professional and Collegiate athletics. College athletes are not paid to play their sport, unlike professionals. The question if college athletes should be paid arises quite often, and many people have so many different opinions. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has seen a large increase in revenue due to collegiate sports and many believe the players whom generate this revenue should partake of it. This paper will show why college athletes should remain unpaid while still playing …show more content…
People believe that these students whom offer their services to the Universities should be paid for it. In many cases, athletes have more to offer than your average student, due to the athlete being able to generate money from performance. This is why people believe these students should be paid. Many disagree and believe athletes should not be paid and that it would take from the meaning of the game. One, whom says it would be unfair, is the President of the United States, Barack Obama. President Obama stated in an interview that he believes paying a player would “ruin the sense of college sports” (associated press, paying college athletes). This in many cases is agreed with, and many believe it is wrong due to the athletes receiving scholarships to attend and play sports at their university. Playing collegiate sports at the next level is looked at as more of an opportunity and a gift, rather than something deserved. This is why it is wrong for college athletes to be …show more content…
Although many have different views on paying the athlete, it is not the colleges’ job to pay the athlete, but to educate them (Krikor Meshefejian, pay to play). Athletes on the other hand physically abuse their bodies to play their sport, but in return are physically treated like royalty compared to your average college student. Therefore, it is evident that the college athlete is in no need of monetary compensation to complete their job on the field. In all reality, the athlete is getting their college education paid for in many cases. Unlike the other 97% of students who do not get their college paid for in full (Lynn O 'Shaughnessy, how rare). This is why college athletes do not need to be

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