Essay about Should College Athletes Be Paid?

1361 Words Mar 11th, 2015 6 Pages
Student-athletes in college work way too hard to not get paid. Marc Edelman writes in his article, “21 Reasons Why Student-Athletes Are Employees And Should Be Allowed To Unionize”, “The average student athlete in college devotes 43.3 hours per week to their sport. The average American only works 40 hours per week. This 3.3 hours more per week without any monetary incentives to do so” (Edelman). “The average salary for a coach exceeds 1 million dollars” (Edelman). The head of the NCAA makes more than 1 million dollars per year. The NCAA generates an annual revenue of 1 billion dollars, and yet the people who make them all this money, the student-athletes, don’t see any of it in return. College athletes should be paid because of all the time they devote to their sport to make a massive amount of money for their colleges and the NCAA.
Many people feel that college athletes should not be paid. One reason they feel this way is that instead of direct monetary compensation, student athletes receive full scholarships that cover tuition and room and board. In his article, “students are not professional athletes”, Horace Mitchell wrote, “collegiate sports is not a career or profession. It is the student 's vehicle to a higher education degree” (Mitchell). A bonus to receiving a full scholarship is that, ”a high percentage of student athletes graduate without the burden of student loans, which most other students accumulate” (Mitchell). College athletes at division I…

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