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College Athletes Should Be Paid

This is a presentation by Ben Van Ryn in Michigan about why college and NCAA athletes deserve to, and should be paid, in some way outside of scholarships. Feel free to leave comments and questions in the comments section.
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Transcript of College Athletes Should Be Paid

It's Time To Pay The Players
By: Ben Van Ryn

3rd hour

History Of College Athletics And Pay
For years college sports have been evolving and changing. From athletes once being recognized as amateurs that played sports for education which their college provided, they are now recognized as playing sports purely for hopes of going pro, and making millions of dollars for the huge multi-billion dollar industry that college sports are now. As the income from sports increases so has athletes getting perks (such as scholarships), so that the athletes get more and bigger perks that have led up to a need for paying college athletes. In this presentation I will be focusing on why college athletes should be paid.
Definition Of Employee
Employee- Someone who works for another or for a business, firm, ect, in return for payment.
Claim
NCAA athletes should be paid outside of scholarships.
The Colleges That The Athletes Are Playing At Are Making A Ton Of Money Off Of The Athletes
Players Work Very Hard And Deserve To Be Paid More Than Many Others In The College Sports Business
The Universities That College Athletes Attend Treat The Athletes Like Employees
Counter

Argument

College athletes are paid with scholarships.

It's not fair to not pay everyone.

Many athletes are not mature enough for endorsements and to be paid.

Jason Whitehead
Jason Whitehead, a former football player at Ohio University was badly injured during a workout. “The next day, when I woke up, the doctor came in and informed me that surgery went well, but this was a career-ending injury,” he said. He said he took the bills not covered by his father’s insurance to the Ohio University trainers. His father’s insurance and Ohio University refused to pay the claims. Whitehead lost his scholarship one academic year after being medically disqualified by a team physician. University officials said they would not pay bills for procedures that occurred more than a year earlier. But Whitehead, now a 28-year-old district manager for Frito Lay in the Cleveland area, said he discovered he owed roughly $1,800 in unpaid medical bills while reviewing paperwork to buy his first car about six years after his injury.
Conclusion
Bibliography
Clincher
College athletics and sports have a huge impact on America today through entertainment, economy, colleges, athletes, and by the athletes being the future of pro sports. If we would like to continue this great legacy we must decide in the next few years to start paying the athletes that are such a major factor to these things. If we don't then college athletics will surely spin out of control and soon there will be no more college or pro athletics to watch and embrace. We must make the crucial decision of what we are willing to change or give up by paying the athletes soon, or there will be no more college athletes to play in sports.
Restated Claim
The real workers in NCAA sports, the athletes, deserve to be paid.
Reflection
During my research on the debate of paying NCAA athletes I have learned about how hard the college athletes that our are role models work and how much they put themselves at risk for their team and career. This has led me to believe that they are being treated very unfairly by the NCAA and their college's by not being paid.
Side Note
In an attempt to better help injured athletes the NCAA made a system that helps cover injured athletes.

The only problem about this system to many injured athletes is that the medical costs must exceed 90,000 dollars, and the athlete must have a career ending injury in order for the athlete to qualify.

Another problem is that unless the athlete is bound to a 4 year scholarship the coach of the injured player can simply take away the athletes precious scholarship, and the athlete will lose everything.
Facts
Although the NCAA claims college athletes are just students, the NCAA’s own tournament schedules require college athletes to miss many classes for nationally televised games that bring in a ton of revenue.

At some schools, college coaches regulate student-athlete speech on Facebook and Twitter — even when their sport is not in session.
The average Division I college football player devotes 43.3 hours per week to his sport (not including schooling and studies — 3.3 more hours than the average American work week.
Facts
The NCAA currently produces nearly $11 Billion in annual revenue from college sports — more than the estimated total league revenues of both the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League.
The average college football player is worth (or generates) $178,000 per year from 2011 to 2015, while the projected market value for the average college basketball player for the same time is $375,000.

The top 10 football players with the top 10 highest estimated fair market values, like Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, might be worth as much as $547,000, during the year 2011 to 2012.
Facts
Most athl
etes who would be
paid are
not interested in a
colle
ge education, but the
p
ro's.

Athletes already aren't equal because of scholarships, pay wouldn't be any different.

In a very little amount of years the athletes will receive money in the pro's, mature or not.


Last year, the average salary for a BCS eligible football coach was $2.05 million.

The average salary for a premier NCAA Division I men’s basketball coach also exceeded $1 Million.
Should Not Be Payed
Should Be Payed
Injured Athletes
Restated Claim
The real workers in the NCAA, the athletes deserve to be paid.
College athletics and sports have a huge impact on America today through entertainment, economy, colleges, athletes, and being the future of pro sports. If we would like to continue this great tradition we must decide in the next few years to start paying the athletes that are such a major factor to many things. If we don't then college athletics will surely spin out of control and soon there will be no more college or pro athletics to embrace. We must make the crucial decision of what we are willing to change or give up soon or there will be no more college athletes to play in sports.
Clincher
Reflection
During my research I have learned how hard the college athletes who are our role models work, and how unfairly they are treated by the NCAA by earning so much money but not getting paid. This is why I believe that they should be paid.
Facts
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