Hello, may I say it is a pleasure to debate you on this topic! Now to the topic at hand. I do not believe atheletes should be paid by the college in the form of cash for sports. For one thing, it's unfair to the other students who participate in other programs that may not bring much money to the school but do provide an enjoyable display of talent. The purpose of college athletics was originally to develop young men into hardworking, team oriented, highly confident individuals and to instill values that will contribute to being highly sucessful individuals. Many of these athletes are on full scholarships that pay for more than tuition. While receiving an enormously valuable free education (Instead of paying $50K plus out of their pockets and playing on TV for millions of people and NFL scouts who want to pay them millions upon millions of dollars to play professionally) in exchange for their athetic skills. However, the NCAA hamstrings students by not letting the work to earn a living. Some of these kids don't come from families who can help them pay for food, clothing, basic necessities of life and the schools may not either thus some of these students are broke and can't do anything about it without losing their place on the team. So, if the NCAA would get rid of that rule students would be able to earn a living in their extra time in the off season or whenever they can. Plus, attorneys who want to start their own union and be a power broker have strategically pushed this issue in order to gain power and if we care about these kids, we need to see all sides of the argument and not just one fraction of a piece of it.