Over decades, Division I athletes have been pouring their heart and soul into their sport they worked so hard for day after day, week after week. For years, athletes’ love of the game has got them to a university where they can showcase their ability and talent. When you are at the Division I level it is more or less a business, and your job is to bring in a profit for the university. A true athlete plays the game out of passion. In recent years, there has been a controversial question that lingers in every athlete’s mind: should students who play a sport get the extra benefit of being paid because they’re a college athlete? The answer is no. Student athletes should not get paid because they receive beneficial scholarships, they sign the National Letter of Intent, and they are a student before they are an athlete.
My first point is scholarships come with many benefits. “About two percent of high school athletes are awarded athletic scholarships to compete in college” (NCAA, 2011). It is a privilege to get the opportunity to play at the collegiate level, let alone be awarded an athletic scholarship. This opportunity should not be taken for granted. To play at the collegiate level is something all athletes dream of and for most, it is the highest level of competition. After doing some research, I noticed that when asked if student athletes should be paid, the results were split between yes, not sure, and no. Student-athletes being paid would only create more of a problem for other athletes, students, and universities. Student-athletes are already being paid from the scholarship and other benefits from the university. The scholarship includes tuition, books, food, and housing. An article published online at ncaa.org states that scholarships on average are over $100,000 a year (The Sport Digest, 2002-2010). On top of a scholarship, student athletes are given other benefits such as free tutors, scheduling benefits,...
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