Essay Should College Athletes Get Paid to Play

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Should College Athletes Get Paid to Play

Forget about the game-winning touchdown, forget about the cheerleader girlfriend, and forget the pageantry. What about the hard earned money college athletes will never see and earned? In the world of college sports its win or go home, and to the winners go the spoils.

Most successful college sports teams rake in millions of dollars in revenue. Steve Spurrier, the coach for the Florida Gators signed a six year contract where he would make a little over 2.5 million dollars a year not including certain benefits like a free car for his wife. So with the institutions and coaches getting rich off their player who is to say that the player does not deserve a share of the wealth? Most
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Every player of a college sport puts in countless man-hours of work to their sport instead of going out and getting a job they have to devote all their time to this.

A huge debate is should players have the right to their likenesses? If you go to a bookstore in Jacksonville you would probably find a Rex Grosseman jersey for sale for about one-hundred-and-fifty dollars. Now even though it has his name on it and his number none of the money that was used to purchase the jersey will ever see Grossemans hand’s, the money usually goes to many departments including the Dean of the school but none of the money goes to the athletic department. So who has the right to decide if the kids who put in their hearts and souls into their sport should not get paid? The NCAA has banned college players from receiving extra benefits from anybody. Recently though the NCAA has begun to re-think their decision on this subject, with players and college getting caught all the time for giving and receiving extra benefits the NCAA are starting to think about reforming their laws. It is detrimental to both the school’s name and the player’s for being caught for extra benefit scandals. Some people say that there is too much under the table payment going on to enforce anyways. If the athletes got what they deserved and got paid to play this would not be an issue. Paying

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