March 29, 2012
English 112 (B)
Research Paper 1
Should We Pay College Athletes?
Should we pay college athletes? That is a big topic in NCAA sports right now. People think that college athletes work hard and that they deserve to get paid. Michael Wilbon is one of these people. At first he was against paying college athletes, but now he is all for it. He says that he is interested in seeing the people that make revenue share a little piece of it. Then you have people like a reporter from the Daily Evergreen. He is against paying the athletes. He states that when you are a student athlete it is student first and athlete second, and that if you start paying college athletes it will put being an athlete first. I strongly think that college athletes shouldn’t be paid for playing sports in college. Paying players to play sports in college can cause players to ruin their career, cause the NCAA to be one sided, and would take away scholarships.
The first problem with paying college athletes is that it could ruin a college athlete’s future career. For example, what happens when you give a little kid money? They spend it on junk that they don’t need. So the same thing would happen with most young college athletes. Think about it, you’re giving a teenager straight out of high schools a bunch of money to come a play sports at your school. Teenagers are not responsible with money. A prime example of this happening is Josh Hamilton. Hamilton is a professional baseball player in the Major Leagues. He got drafted out of high school and signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays for nearly 4 million dollars. He got hooked up with the wrong people and ended up blowing all his money on drugs and tattoos. He even got kicked out of Major League baseball for a while. I think that this would happen to a lot of player in college if they got paid.
Another problem with paying college athletes is that it will cause the NCAA to become one sided. It will make college sports just...
Cited: Chait, Jonathan. “Fixing College Sports: Why Paying Student Athletes Won’t Work” New York Magazine Mar.2012. Web. 29 Mar.2012
Hamilton, Josh, and Tim Keown “Beyond Belief” New York: Hamilton, 2008
“College Athletes Should Not Get Paid To Play” The Daily Evergreen Aug. 2011. Web. 29 Mar. 2012
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