College Athletes Should Not Get Paid

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Over the past couple decades, college athletics have increased their popularity tremendously. The increase in popularity has led to a surplus of revenue brought to each of the Universities and the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). Last year Oregon had a revenue of $196,030,398 and not a single player was compensated for the work they did on those sports teams (Berkowitz para. 1). The fact that these sports have been the cause of the increase in revenue has raised the question if the athletes should be compensated for the work they do. College athletes should not get paid, but they should have the opportunity to accept endorsement offers. Although recruiters for teams and the athletes themselves believe in paying college …show more content…
However, that might not happen if athletes start to get paid. Money could influence their choice. For example:
Paying student-athletes any more than a scholarship would put such considerations in jeopardy, resulting in students making decisions based on how much money they are offered, as opposed to making decisions based on where they will succeed in all aspects of college life. (Meshefejian)
If athletes start to get paid then some players will choose their school based on the amount of money they would be receiving from the team and not based on the quality of the education. Colleges should not pay their athletes, but these athletes should have the opportunity to make money by being able to accept
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These deals can be worth thousands of dollars each. Roy Shandmon says, “it would also not be the smartest thing to give 18-year-old student-athletes thousands of dollars through endorsements because at that age most players do not have the maturity to be responsible with a large sum of money (Cheong).” Most 18-year-olds do not have thousands of dollars to their name and, the ones that do most likely are not in college athletes because they are already famous. But, who gets to decide what age a person is old enough to handle their own money, and they should have the right to spend their money any way they would like just like any other person that has a job? Most of the money that these teams are making does end up going back to the players just not in spendable money but in scholarship money (Cheong). The point of letting these players get endorsements is not so they can just use it to pay for their education, but also to be used for anything they might need or want while they are living away from

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