Essay on College Athletes

2057 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 9 Pages
Professor D.S.
English Comp 112
8 March 2015
To Pay or Not to Pay
Paying for a college education is one of the vast struggles of being a student. If a student is gifted with intelligence or stifling speed and athleticism they have a chance to earn a scholarship that virtually pays for their entire college experience. In recent history it is apparent that for some student-athletes this money is not enough, bringing up a burning question in college sports: should college athletes be paid? Some believe that it is essential for them to be paid for their hard work and dedication. Others believe that they are already relieved of future college debt, so why give them more? Each spectrum of this argument provides clear and concise
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That sounds like a fair trade if you ask me! A professional is exactly the opposite of an amateur; they are instead a person who engages in activities in which they are paid for their performance. Before
1957 the NCAA was purely an amateur league and now that college athletes are scouted and paid by scholarship, the league is beyond what it was expected to become. The compensation of the student-athletes’ tuition is on the same level as a professional athlete. Athletes are already being paid for their performances defying what the NCAA was and is suppose to be, an amateur sport. Now it seems as though the NCAA is on a fast track to becoming an entertainment empire.
Over the years the NCAA has developed into something much different than its once amateur mindset. In the article “Should College Athletes be Paid?” John Brill states,
“The three weeks of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, known as “March Madness,” generate over $770 million in TV rights deals alone.” This is not the only place the money comes from. An article focusing on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament says, “In 2008, the NCAA made $40 million in ticket sales” (Torres). Millions in ticket sales is money that needs to be accounted for. Most of the money goes to the conferences participating in the tournament and in turn to the universities in each conference. The

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