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Should College Athletes be Paid?
Transcript of Should College Athletes be Paid?
Should College Athletes be Paid? By Aaron The Issue Unless you "walk on" you get a scholarship to play for a college. A student athlete's tuition is most of the time fully paid for.For division one colleges tuition can reach over $20,000 a year. You also have to include rooming in the picture. Student athletes also get special notes, and tutoring that other students would not get. More Revenue College athletic programs generate millions of dollars every year. Since college athletes risk their body and make all of this revenue possible, do they deserve a share of the money their university is making off them? It is NCAA policy to not pay their athletes because they are students. College Athletes Should be Paid Student Athletes in the NCAA make events like Bowl Games and March Madness and the BCS possible which generates thousands of dollars for the NCAA and their universities. Revenue The NCAA makes over ten billion dollars a year from from ESPN, and other broadcast stations. Without the athletes none of this is possible. They risk their bodies to injury, and put in over 50 hours a week dedicated to their sport. -Student athletes are arguably employees to the NCAA. -Athletes deserve a share of the money they make since they make it all possible. -The NCAA can sell a players jersey and make a profit but that player will receive nothing Basketball and Football teams are the bigger revenue making sports. When either one of these teams makes a large amount of money, it doesn't go back to them. It goes back to the entire athletic programs including lacrosse teams for example that don't make as much money Colleges like The University of Kentucky and Auburn are very successful and popular teams, that generate lots of money from athletics, but none goes back to the players that win the games. College Athletes Shouldn't be paid "Full Ride" What some people don't understand is that college's give their athletes a free education or a full ride to college. Money Another issue is that not all college athletic programs make enough money to pay their athletes In NCAA football there are 322 division I teams. Out of that only 14 are profitable every year. That means 88% of them loose money every year Is It Fair? Men's basketball and football teams are statistically the more popular and money making sports. It would not be fair to pay Kentucky's lacrosse team as much as their basketball team. The basketball team is the one winning championships and generating revenue while some people would not even know Kentucky has a lacrosse team. Title IX would also kick in. Men sports are a lot more popular then female sports statistically, but it wouldn't be fair to pay only men sports. It wouldn't be fair to pay every player the same. Paying the starting quarterback as much as a third string safety would not be fair. If a player is that popular and generate money for the NCAA. This player is most likely very good and will probably be going pro anyways. Andrew Luck - Star QB at Stanford. Now in the NFL The NCAA also makes money off video games with player in the games, and player's jerseys and apparel. Do you think it is fair for the NCAA to make money player's jersey or video games with the players in the games? If the NCAA and colleges pay their athletes, should they pay all athletes the same amount or the better, and popular athletes more then the less popular ones? Keep in mind all athletes put in over 50 hours a week of sports, whether they get off the bench or not. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/seth_davis/09/21/Branch.rebuttal/index.htmlFull transcript