30 April 2014
Are college athlete’s players or employees? The idea of paying a college athlete appears to be outrageous to some. The thought of giving someone money for something they have chosen to do may not appear to be fair. The greatest concern is where to draw the line. Should the decision be based on the amount of money and fame the program generates? Why should athletes be treated special and receive compensation for their contribution to the school? One major factor is that athletes make numerous sacrifices beyond that of a nonathletic student. Many athletes can’t seek employment to help offset the expenses of college because they are on the field or court for the majority of their day.
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While the possibility of receiving a free college education is something few would complain about, when the issue is more closely examined it becomes evident that it is not enough. “I used to be totally against doing anything other than room, board, books, tuition, and fees; but I’ve changed” according to Kansas Basketball Head Coach, Bill Self. On a radio interview, Bill Self elaborated on seeing the situation from both prospective as a player and a coach. He agreed that college athletes are very similar to pro athletes in terms of responsibility and liability, but was not compensated in the same manner. The trend is for athletes to leave school early for the professional leagues because of the fame and fortune that follows this move. There have been numerous reports of violations surrounding the accusations of scouts; university boosters and alumni are paying players. Unfortunately for all those involved, athletes have been accused of making deals with gamblers and altering the outcome of games. All of these problems could be minimized or theoretically eliminated, by adopting a program for compensating student athletes.
People have argued that paying college