Should College Athletes Get Paid?

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Billy Scumaci Due – Thursday Feb. 21st
Professor Johnson BUAD367

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In my opinion, I think that Division 1-A basketball and football players should be getting paid a certain amount on the side for all the good they bring into a school. The proposal that I would like to propose is to pay the students on a per minute basis due to the fact that there are some superstars on a team that play most of the game and other players who do not play at all. I feel as if the better players on a team deserve more than a player who doesn’t play at all. Furthermore, I would pay the players on a $20-$25 dollar per-minute basis. For example, if a star basketball athlete played 30 minutes in a game, he would bring in about 600-750 dollars per game. For the players who receive minimal (6 mins and under) playing time during a game to no playing time at all will receive a minimum of $120. The same would go for the football players at a Division-1A school, as they will be paid on a per-minute basis as well. I have many reasons as to why I feel this proposal is correct route to take and will clearly explain my reasoning in the upcoming paragraphs

One reason why I think that these Division-1 student-athletes in men’s basketball and football should be paid is due to the fact that most of these “full rides” aren’t really exactly full rides. The full rides usually cover tuition, fees, books and room and board but do they take care of things like laundry, food, traveling expenses, etc.? Probably not, and most of these kids in school may not be able to afford these types of things due to financial problems. This can cause some of these kids to be suffering off the basketball court and by not being able to receive any sorts of money and/or gifts from anybody puts them in a major hole. By paying these kids on a per-minute basis, it will allow them to at least be able to afford these daily expenses and not have to suffer...
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