Should College Athletes Be Paid Pros And Cons

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Imagine if you were a college athlete striving to provide entertainment for your student body and college fans, along with bringing in revenue for your school. Would you want to be paid for all the hard work, time, and dedication you put in, or are scholarships and grants enough to satisfy you? Whether or not college athletes should be paid is a huge controversy in today’s society and includes many pros and cons. One pro being that college athletics provide revenue for companies, but if we were to play devil’s advocate one could say that the student athletes already receive benefits through the school such as scholarship money, grants, and part time jobs. Through research I have discovered that the cons out weigh the pros, therefore, it would …show more content…
Although many athletes are given scholarships, they still can fall in debt to other things such as books, living, and extras. Meshefijian stated, “In the past twelve years, the amount of money generated by sports has increased nearly 300%” (par. 3). Student athletes lose the opportunity to have a job for a majority of their time because they are preoccupied by games, practices, conditioning, and on top of that they must also be a full time student and maintain a GPA that keeps them eligible to participate in their sport. College scholarships can only support a student for so much. Earning a salary would substitute the money they would be earning if they were able to have a job. In the book College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA 's Amateur Myth written by Allen L. Sack and Ellen J. Staurowsky says, world-class athlete from lower-class backgrounds are supposed to be able to train and travel but the real question is how are they supposed to find time to work a regular job? They found the solution to make up for time missed due to training would be to financially compensate the athlete allowing them to compete successfully. …show more content…
The first way that the NCAA can help student’s athletes without paying them would be to raise scholarship amounts. The NCAA admits that full scholarship isn 't really full anymore. Another way would be to raise the graduation rate. Although athletics are very important to athletes getting a degree is the main goal for college athletes. The current rate of Division 1 football player’s graduating is fifty percent while men’s basketball is even lower sitting around forty percent. (“College” par.4). NCAA can increase graduation rates by not having students play games during the week so that classes are not missed when important material is covered. The last concern that many athletes worry about is being injured and losing their scholarship. As early as 1905, concerns about the well-being of college athletes can be found. At the time, unless reforms were made President Theodore Roosevelt threated to federally intervene on athletics. (Kissinger and Miller 3). If the NCAA cannot take away scholarship money due to injury many students wouldn 't be as concerned about the financial side of college because schooling would be covered. With a few changes to the rulings many problems would be solved and people wouldn 't stress over whether athletes are being

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