4 Main Reasons why American College Athletes Should be Compensated

4 Main Reasons why American College Athletes Should be Compensated
  • Opening Intro -

    Besides academics, athletics is another part of college life we shouldn't ignore.

    Why..? Just look at how many adults outside colleges also show high interest in college games.

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Many of us participated in college athletics with zeal. It was our passion. We spent our leisure time training and participating in in-house competitions.

Now, the trend continues with those currently in colleges.

Besides academics, athletics is another part of college life we shouldn’t ignore. Why..? Just look at how many adults outside colleges also show high interest in college games.

In short, college athletics are as essential as other aspects of college life. Therefore, college athletes should receive compensation.

1. A Trade Like Any Other

On the one hand, it’s often argued that college athletes are paid because they get a free education.

On the other hand, education is not solely what they require. They also need money to live their dream of participating in professional games.

Firstly, college athletes expose themselves to physical risk just like other professionals in the same niche. They need compensation for their commitment.

Secondly, they should also receive medical insurance against stress and injury.

Their responsibility to fulfill the expectations of superiors and peers supersedes that of education scholarship.

2. Incentive = Better Quality Performance

The NCAA believes that compensating college athletes can damage competitiveness.

But, this clause has no logic. For instance, the NFL pays players according to their performance and worth. The payments motivate the players to work harder and increase their rankings. Positive results yield salary increase.

Similarly, college athletes deserve compensation. They undergo too much stress to make ends meet. Having them not worry about finances would automatically guarantee more effort in academics and athletics.

In short, paying college athletes would result in enhanced performance and competition.

3. Promote Good Money Management

Young people are expected to have money management skills. Paying college athletes can help them know how to manage their finances. The skills would help them in the future as professional athletes.

The NCAA should offer college athletes a small salary to promote healthy money management among them. The small salary would impact them with saving skills. Their savings could be helpful in their daily academic and sports life.

4. Reward Skill And Hard Work

Many college athletes train hard with the aim of becoming professionals and hopefully joining a national team in the future.

But unfortunately, many of them are not drafted by MLB, NBA OR NFL immediately after college. Most of them do not end up as professional athletes.

As a result, many of them use their skills in exchange for very little gains.

To make matters worse, for many college athletes – game professionalism is more important than the academic degree. But there is no payoff for their dedication.

Paying them would promote their talent and enhance their competitiveness.

But giving college athletes an educational scholarship isn’t enough.

This is a wakeup call for the NCAA to regard college athletes with similar importance as professional athletics. There’s also a need to create awareness to the public, college players and those who love college sports on the importance of paying college athletes.

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