Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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Should College Athletes Be Paid?

One of Americans’ favorite pastime activities has been watching or participating in college athletics. College athletics have always been something more pure and interesting than professional athletics because it isn’t about the money. However, over the years, college athletics have changed for the worse, as players have been drifting further away, core reason being lack of funds for the players (Eric, p. 250). This has led to the call for reforms in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) decision against payments for student-athletes.

College athletes deserve to be paid due to a number of reasons. To begin with, the athletes happen to be the ones responsible for the huge sums of revenue that universities receive from the college athletic competitions (Jonathan, p. 1). The rise in popularity of sports in the American society, coupled with its high profit margin for the colleges due to commercialization has led to creation of much revenue for the universities. It is however very unfortunate that the student-athletes responsible for this, end up without even a penny of the revenue that they helped bring forth. There have also been contracts worth billions of dollars being signed between the universities and various broadcasting stations but the colleges still end up not paying the students. This can be better described as capitalism due to its lop-sided nature where the student-athletes do their best to aid in revenue creation for their universities but get nothing out of it.

Others may argue the students get paid indirectly by being offered scholarships to be able to obtain their degrees in various fields of study. However, there is the question of; does this compensation help them out with their student loans. Or even enable them to comfortably partake in money-related activities? The answer still remains “No!” The student-athletes have to juggle their tight academic schedules, fixed training sessions and...
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