Arguments For Paying College Athletes

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The heated debate of paying college athletes and the status of student-athletes as amateurs has been argued often and thoroughly in recent times. With testimonies coming from current and former NCAA Division I athletes about inability to afford basic living amenities such as being able to afford dinner, being able to see a movie with friends, or find time to balance athletics with academics and a social life, media and critics have been arguing whether or not it is time to start paying college athletes. Some of the proponents for paying college athletes argue that the amount of time put in by the athletes and the amount of revenue raised by the
NCAA and member institutions is exploiting athletes. Those that argue against paying college
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This issue is helping to shape what the NCAA looks like and how they will potentially have to change going forward, making this topic one of great importance. That being said, the question is should college athletes be considered employees of the university in which they attend?
II. Student Athletes Should Be Considered Employees
A valid argument that is often brought up regarding compensation of collegiate athletes is the fact of how much money and profits these colleges and universities are making solely off of the performance of their athletes. Texas A&M, the university athletic department with the highest grossing revenue from 2014 to 2015 made $192,608,876 in one year followed by Texas with $183,521,028 and Ohio State with $167,166,065. It is hard to argue that with all of this profit that universities are making off of their athletes and their performance on the field, that

Should College Athletes be Considered Employees?
they can not afford to compensate their athletes in any way. When an athlete receives a scholarship to play a sport at a university that money comes out of the university 's budget, not the athletic department. The athletic department, based on sales revolving around jersey

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