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Should College Athletes be Paid?
In the past year or two a new controversy has been going on about college athletes. Should they be paid or not? Many people have many different opinions on if they should be paid or not. There are many reasons on both sides arguing reasons why they should be paid and many reasons on the side saying they should not be paid. What is the right answer? Well you will have to decide that for yourself after you read the facts.
College Athletes Should Not be Paid :
There have been many people saying that college athletes should not be paid. Why do these people think that? One of the reasons people think College Athletes should not be paid is that they already are in a way. "College athletes earn free tuition, which over the course of 4 years can exceed $200,000" (Davis). $200,000 is a lot of money that is full-paid by the university. $200,000 can buy you a nice house, $200,000 can buy you a lot of things. These athletes are getting amounts around $200,000 (more or less depending on the college) full-paid by the university. Other students are paying $200,000 and these athletes are going to college for free, this gives them a chance to go pro or even excel in their studies. These athletes are given multiple different chances in their life, sports and studies all for free.
Also, another reason people think they shouldn't be paid is because the athletes aren't here just to play sports. "The National College Athletics said, 'Student-athletes are students first and athletes second they are not university employees who are paid for their labor'" (Marty, Moss-Coane). Student-athletes are getting a scholarship because of their sports ability but they are still students who are there to learn. Most college basketball players don't have a big chance of making it to the pro’s. There is about 4,126 players in NCAA Division 1 Basketball, only 60 will make it to the pros, that is a small chance, and only 64 of the 346 Div. 1 Basketball teams are elite teams with elite players. If college athletes were to be paid only a few would deserve pay, and that can't happen since it would be unfair to other athletes.
Furthermore, the next reason people think that college athletes should not be paid is because they are given a chance, not 1 but multiple chances. The best athletes are given a free chance to make a guaranteed $450,000 at pro, and for those first round picks they get paid millions, plus the chance at endorsements. The next chance those college athletes are given is to excel furthermore in their studies, only a small percent of the athletes will go pro others will have a chance to study hard in college and get a good paying job, remember it's a full paid scholarship, most of these athletes know what their chances are at going pro.
College Athletes Should be Paid :
Not all people think that college athletes shouldn't be paid, many also disagree. There are also many reasons that these people think they should be paid and here is why. Many athletes in the past and present have been bringing in attendance and money to the university. "Ewing helped the university bring in more than $12,000,000 (a tripling of attendance, increased TV revenues, and qualifying for the NCAA tournament each year including three Final Fours and one National Championship). Patrick Ewing’s scholarship at Georgetown for four years totaled $48,600, meaning the university grabbed a net profit of $11,951,400" (Ens, Kaitlin). Patrick Ewing former NBA Star went to college in Georgetown and he brought in $12,000,000 Profit, i’m pretty sure that this was back when Ewing played back in the ‘70s that should be over $17,000,000 now. A lot of these college athletes such as Andrew Luck, Anthony Davis, Jared Sullinger, Robert Griffin III bring in tons of money for their university, people want to see these young college athletes play. Most of these athletes on big time teams put on amazing performances and bring the university millions of dollars, these athletes get paid a quarter of a million dollars at the most. The big time colleges now such as Kansas, Kentucky, Baylor, Duke, Michigan St all basketball, and Alabama, LSU for football grab millions of dollars each year. The athletes for those teams such as Austin Rivers, Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson, Jeremy Lamb, Andrew Luck, and many more get scholarships worth $250,000 at the most.
Also, another reason people believe that college athletes should be paid is because some athletes are not getting paid from what others are benefiting from. It is obvious that big companies benefit from unpaid athletes. "The video game business is a multi billion dollar industry that uses college athletes in games without giving them names or credits" (Cassavaugh, Dan). That is a lot of money these companies are making, these athletes are not even getting recognized, these athletes don’t get a dime. Athletes should be paid for this, the athletes don’t get paid for all the money they bring to all these people. The Big Time Industries, The Universities, and all the other places that benefit from these athletes. College athletes are under-looked by all these people and do not get what they deserve. These athletes deserve pay for all the money they bring in. Athletes do not even get a penny from these companies who make millions or even BILLIONS of dollars from their popularity. These Athletes names are known by millions across the U.S. they buy these athletes gears with their name yet these athletes do not get pay.
As I've said these athletes names are known by millions of people across the U.S. and these people buy their gear. Kentucky could sell a Anthony Davis jersey for $120 yet Anthony Davis gets no cut of the money. Hundreds of thousands of fans buy these jersey’s, so let’s say 150,000 people buy a $120 Anthony Davis jersey, the university makes $18,000,000 (profit of a few million depending on manufacturing and workers pay) and what does Anthony Davis make? Anthony Davis makes nothing. Not even a penny.
Also, these student-athletes are being put on TV playing their sports and get paid nothing. The NCAA makes billions of dollars allowing Channels to put on College Games. Billions of dollars and the athletes don’t get the least bit of money from this. This is completely unfair for all the college athletes, these athletes should be getting paid at least a small portion of this. That little money could help these student-athletes families greatly.
Another reason why they should be paid is because a lot of these student-athletes do not come from places where education is advanced, a lot of the school systems are not good and some of these student-athletes do not have the chance to get the same education as others. That being said this takes out the second opportunity given, advancing in their education. Not all these athletes will go pro and not all will get a good job, that leaves them with a horrible future ahead, yet these athletes are bringing in millions of dollars to their universities these athletes deserve pay.
My Opinion :
My opinion in all this is that college athletes should not be paid. It would not be fair to pay only some of the college athletes. These athletes already have been paid. It's commendable that the NCAA has paid millions into a fund for in-need athletes to cover clothing purchases, emergency travel and medical expenses. There's also a special assistance fund and a student-athlete opportunity fund (Wilbon). The NCAA already pays so much money to the student-athletes giving them a chance already. Not all the college-athletes play at a good enough level to be paid. If a few get paid they all should it would be unfair if they did not. If the NCAA payed these players then the NCAA would lose lots of money there are WELL OVER 5,500 college-athletes that need to be paid, the NCAA doesn’t have that kind of money to pay them enough that would go to their help. My standing on this is kind of neutral though, i believe they should be paid but a smaller amount.
My next reason stating why they should not be paid is that because some already are. The top-notch college-athletes get endorsements, shoe deals, and much more and get paid millions. Take John Wall for instance he got a shoe deal before he started playing in the NBA. There is no reason for these college athletes to be paid.
College Athletes are still young and don’t deserve pay, they are talented but they were offered to play at these universities, because they got full-paid scholarship and a chance at a better life they do not need a contract that pays them. If these athletes should be paid any money it should be no more than $100,000 on top of the scholarship, these athletes are becoming household names, they are becoming popular. Some athletes do not have enough potential to be paid. Where were some of these athletes before they got their scholarship? Playing High-school ball with an unknown future? Getting a $200,000 scholarship is more than enough these athletes got the chance to go to these amazing colleges they do not deserve extra pay like they are some professional athletes, they have to prove that they are worth getting paid. To prove they are worth getting paid they have to play, play hard to make their existence known or knowledgeable. The professional athletes now didn’t get paid they played hard and showed everyone that they deserved pay.
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Sportsillustrated.cnn.com (Davis, Seth)
Imprintmagazines.org (Cassavaugh, Dan)
Whyy.org (Moss-Coane, Marty)
Brandingirononline.info (Ens, Kaitlin)