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Is it fair for college athletes to be paid to play? Many peo

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Allison Fitzhugh

on 31 March 2014

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I think that there is a way to make a fair 'happy-medium' agreement: if a college team sells over half-a-million dollars in tickets per game then they should be paid. The reason for this is because they are probably working harder than the average college team. I'm not tying to put down smaller or poorer schools, I'm simply saying that if a particular team is paying the college bills the team should get 10 percent of that success.
This way both sides of the argument could come to an agreement and be satisfied.
Is it fair for college athletes to be paid to play? Many people think college athletes should be payed to play because they bring in so much money for the school. Although many people support this idea there are also others who object because they think that free education, housing, and training is more than enough. Although this may be true, people do not understand that an athlete has many more expectations and requirements than the average student.

My claim
First off, let's just talk about college alone. If you even want to get into a college on a scholarship it's stressful studying, work, and commitment. So just getting good grades alone and keeping you gpa high is a difficult task in itself.
Argument on college athletes.
According to
Tim Tebow alone "hundreds of thousands" of dollars for the state of Florida. That means that Tebow had to do strenuous activities for countless hours to train for that football season AND keep his grades high which requires major time to study. I'm using Tebow as an example because he didn't get paid for all of his hard work and effort. He made this school incredible money and what does he get paid for HIS work? ...That's right, he doesn't.

Now let's just talk about physical work in itself.
Building up your endurance is a gradual process and requires a lot of work. First you might start by just walking the block and by the end of the year you might be running marathon's.
After you do something active you usually feel tired...But, you still have to study.
People might say, "Then skip your workout and study." but studies show that people who are active think clearer and react quicker because you need coordination to play a sport. To top that off, studies also show that if you are thinking on the same topic for too long your brain eventually get's confused and you can't even remember properly.
Back to being active-It is a known fact that people who are active are much more likely to maintain good health and live longer than those who aren't active.
Both studying and being active are big things to commit too so imagine trying to manage both-sounds challenging.
"These 'kids' are getting free professional training." People say which is true but that doesn't mean they aren't working for it.
Even thought these athletes have higher requirements than the other students, they also have a lot more benefits than the other students. I'm not trying to say that just because you play a sport at your college you should be getting paid a lot of money because if that was the case then everyone would probably try t go to college on an athletic scholarship. I'm trying to say if a team is bringing in almost half a million dollars in per game they are probably training harder than other teams and practicing more. The team should at least get a little piece of THEIR success.
I agree with Tyson Hartnett on his article Why College Athletes Should be Paid because I think that the work and training these Students/Athletes go through is remarkable. Not only do they have to work hard to train for their sport, they’re requirements are much higher than the average student. In my research I learned that the minimum average gpa level that a student can hold is a 2.0 but in 2015 that won’t be true for freshman athletes...the minimum they are aloud is a 2.3. The average student on a scholarship struggles to keep his grades high and an athlete not only has to keep his grades at a certain level but he also has to keep his commitments to his team and training. I think that college athletes should be paid because they are basically keeping up with a full-time job while they do school.

like I said, there are others who think that college athletes are getting more than a fair payment for playing their sport. Let's look into this further.
Athletes on an athletic scholarship receive free education(this includes the cost of text-books, NOT supplies.), housing, food, professional training and gear(such as uniform and equipment) for their sport.
If you think about it, the cost of all of these things combined is a decent sum, but let's not forget about the money these athletes bring in for the school. Let's say a small college can seat 31,500 at a football-game and each ticket costs eight dollars...That's $252,000.00 for the college. That's a huge sum that doesn't include the money people pay for the things people get at the concession stands.
Where does all of that money go to? Typically to the coach. Yes, the coach did a great job training but, call me crazy I don't think everyone paid for tickets to see the coach yell at the team...Just saying.
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