Should College Athletes Be Paid? Essay

1367 Words Nov 7th, 2016 6 Pages
The popularity of college athletics has increased among Americans over the recent years. Therefore, universities are gaining mass amounts of profit from their schools’ athletic programs. Student athletes who are involved in these programs are not seeing a reasonable return for the hard work and dedication they put in to make their universities great. In some regards, sports have become the foundation for many universities. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit organization that sees their athletes as amateurs and not professionals. A non-athlete at a university has more free time to pick up a job that will help them make money for their needs. Whereas an athlete will need the time away from the classroom to improve the craft that may somewhat help them pay for their college. Athletes in college struggle to find time to get their schoolwork done, let alone find time for a part-time job to help them with daily expenses. College athletes should be paid for playing because they do not have sufficient time to make money to help support themselves and universities profit from the athletes’ performances and identities even though these athletes are not directly rewarded for accumulating wealth for the schools.
If the NCAA would wise up and allow universities to pay their college athletes then they may start seeing a larger percent of athletes graduate. Paying a-student athlete may help keep kids in school for more than one or two years.…

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