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College Athletes: Pay For Play

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Marlo Robinson

on 21 March 2014

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College Athletes: Pay For Play
The Ohio State Athletic website emphasizes, "Carlos Hyde, an Ohio State running back, rushed for 3,198 yards, scored 41 touchdowns in his career and was paid zero dollars; Urban Meyer, the Ohio State football coach, was paid 4 million dollars in a season."
Athletes at the collegiate level should be paid for playing at their selected school. They have to perform on the field and in the classroom and have little to no time for a job to earn money.

In contrast some believe, "These athletes are amateurs and join an athletic team to enhance their educational experience” (Mitchell). These athletes have worked hard for a lot of their lives and join these teams to enrich their college lives.
Claim #2

Scholarships don’t pay all necessary expenses.

On the contrary, Mitchell claims, “Athletes get their tuition paid for through scholarships they earn with their participation with sports.” Scholarships pay for books, meals, and tuition resulting in little to no debt after college.
Claim #3

Student athlete academics are in jeopardy.

“Admissions and academics for student-athletes are designed to promote progress towards graduation and to be consistent with an average student,” refutes Horace Mitchell. Athletes have academic advisers to keep their grades on track. Also if they fall under a certain GPA they can't participate, normal students don't have this discipline program to keep them on track.

Nevertheless, athletes are still held to the same standards as normal college students. They have to complete more work outside of class which results in fewer hours to pursue employment to pay for their expenses.

College athletes are working hard on the field to bring attention to their universities. Due to the amount of time they spend perfecting their performance and the inflexibility of their schedules, it is virtually impossible to work. Therefore within the next 10 years, colleges will start acknowledging their athlete's accomplishments by compensating them. This will be done in order to reward athletes for their work which brings money and or notoriety to the university.
Claim #1

College athletes put more work into sports and academics then an average college student that is employed part time.

Although this may be true these athletes don’t receive any revenue from their team’s athletic achievement. The University gains money and usually increases academic standards.

On the other hand, The New York Post noted, "The average scholarship is 4,000 dollars, this does not come close to paying tuition. This amount is less than minimum wage for an employee that works 20 hours a week."
Correspondingly, Rebecca Zissou points out, "When a tire blows or a cell phone bill comes, those expenses have to be paid out of the pocket of an athlete, not from the college."
Works cited

"March Madness tips off play for pay debate." New York Post [New York, NY] 21 Mar. 2013: 032. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 6 Mar. 2014.

Mitchell, Horace Edelman, Marc. "Should College Student-Athletes Be Paid?." U.S. News Digital Weekly 5.52 (2013): 17. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 6 Mar. 2014.

National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA. “Defining Countable Athletically Related Activities”, 2014 Web. 01 March, 2014

Ohio State University. Ohio State Buckeyes Football. OSU 2014. Web. 26 Feb, 2014

Zissou, Rebecca. Fiore. “Fair Play.” 12/9/2013, Vol. 116 Issue 8, p15-15. 1p.
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