Should College Athletes Be Paid? Essay

1257 Words Nov 22nd, 2015 null Page
The large amount of money made off college sports has led to some questioning as to whether student athletes can be considered amateurs any longer, and whether they should instead be paid for their efforts. This debate over whether or not NCAA athletes should be paid boils down to a disagreement over whether their scholarship is compensation or whether they deserve more incentives. One side argues that athletes do get paid by going to school for free with scholarships covering all expenses so that they do not need additional money, while the other side argues that if the school is going to make money off of the athlete’s names, then they should get a portion of the money. NCAA football coaches made $53.4 million; meanwhile, the 13,877 Division 1 players made $0. College athletes have it tougher than pros; they have to balance school and practice schedules, while pros have to do only one of those things. Also, student athletes can’t get side jobs for other expenses with their schedule. Pros get paid to represent their team and bring fame to that team. Why can’t college athletes get paid the same way? One side argues that the biggest problem with paying players isn’t the math, it’s the legal and structural chaos that would result. What happens when college athletes become employees? Can they collectively bargain? Can they strike? Do injured players receive workman’s comp? Are players at state schools eligible for subsequent retirement benefits? Do only football and men’s…

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