Should College Athletes Be Paid? Essay

1052 Words Nov 9th, 2014 5 Pages
Writer Marc Edelman made the point to say that college athletes are basically employees of these colleges. They put in just as much hours if not more than a full time worker. Edelman writes that “Although the NCAA claims college athletes are just students, the NCAA’s own tournament schedules require college athletes to miss classes for nationally televised games that bring in revenue.” Another good point that he brings up is that March Madness affects more than six days of classes. How can the NCAA say these kids are just students when they are requiring them to do things that brings in profit for the NCAA? At the top preforming schools, coaches even check their athlete’s social media websites. Edelman also points out that an average division one coach’s salary is over a million dollars a year. If we can pay the coaches over a million dollars a year, the NCAA could afford to pay the athletes, even if it’s not a million dollars. He also mentions that these athletes can determine the enrollment at the school. Florida Gulf Coast, an underdog a couple years ago in the tournament, made a name for themselves. They pulled off two great upsets in the tournament and had fun running and dunking while doing it. ESPN reported that Florida Gulf Coast’s enrollment increased thirty-five point four percent after that year. The last thing that Edelman writes is “With these factors in mind, Division I football and men’s basketball players do not merely play a sport of leisure. Rather, they…

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