When Should We Start Compensating College Athletes?

When Should We Start Compensating College Athletes?
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    Everyone loves college sports, especially the student athletes.

    However, do you realize that the revenue coming in from sports events and merchandise doesn't go to the players?


The question is now, should we pay our student athletes? They provide a major service to the school and help our athletic programs grow.

There are both negative and positive arguments for paying student athletes.

In support of paying athletes

Schools are known for receiving billions of dollars in revenue through athletic programs, sponsorships and merchandise.

If you were to pay the athletes, they’d be able to support their families financially. There are some student athletes who don’t come from rich families and instead come from broken and low-class families and often become the provider in the family. When you pay them, they’re also able to continue their education and not have to leave to take care of family.

This would also give fans the opportunity to see their players grow through college and on the field. And, if student athletes stayed longer, their coaches could better prepare them for the professional leagues.

Against paying student athletes

While many people may believe paying the athletes is the right idea, it can also cause some problems. Sports analyst Colin Cowherd has said that he believes most students are just going to spend it on weed and junk.

Also, it’s unclear how everyone will be paid. Who will decide how each player is fairly compensated? Paying players removes the drive in players for the game and instead they will just be playing to make money. College players play for the fun and pride to represent their schools.

In Conclusion:

The decision ultimately rests in the hands of the NCAA and colleges. Student athletes are providing a service to the school, which brings in revenue. However, money can be a distraction when it comes to performing at their best.

Ultimately, what needs to be decided is, what’s truly best for the athlete apart from a pro contract and money? There are those who are against paying athletes because most of them have received nice scholarships.

Perhaps, a small stipend could be given to athletes each month for a later determined need, but could also be given to their family.

Share this with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, and start a conversation about paying college athletes among your friends and classmates. Let them know whether you are in favor or not.

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