Essay On Should College Student Athletes Be Paid

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There is much debate over whether collegiate student-athletes should be compensated for their work at their respective universities. Some individuals believe that student-athletes should be paid because, like most college students, they do not have a lot of money. Many also believe that student-athletes should not be paid because they are getting to attend an institute of higher learning at a lesser price. Collegiate student-athletes should not be paid not only because they are already attending college at no cost while being able to earn money for themselves, but student- athletes also receive some benefits that are unavailable to the average college student. Individuals who argue that student athletes should be paid do not take into consideration that the athletes are already being compensated for their talents. In an article by Kieran McCauley, an author for the Philadelphia Daily Local News, he explains that “athletic scholarships are their compensation and a fair one at that. Essentially they receive a free education and in return they represent the school in a certain sport. College athletes don’t have to worry about student loans, paying for …show more content…
Collegiate student-athletes should not be paid. They are already receiving a free college education while also receiving a multitude of academic support services unavailable to the average college student. If a student-athlete is truly talented enough to play his or her sport professionally, then he or she will earn that money, but in college money and sports must be kept separate. “If money and sports are combined in the world of collegiate athletics, it unfortunately becomes less of a sport and more of a business” (Jackson). This statement by Jackson could not be more true. Keep the money out of collegiate

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