Should student athletes on full scholarship get paid to play?
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No. I personally don't think they should. When a college accepts a student athlete on full scholarship, we give them that full scholarship in exchange for their services on the college sports teams. Why should we start paying them? We have something called "getting a job" just like most other college students. And I read from a reasonable source that "Yes" student athletes on a scholarship CAN in fact get a job to support themselves in areas such as food, cloths, a dorm if needed, books, etc... We don't need to be paying our athletes. If we pay them, what about equality? What about the 14th amendment? It would only be fair if the other college teams were paid as well such as the debate team, or the drama club, the band, etc...
It is important to consider the reality and fantasy of this debate topic. Of course everyone wishes they can get paid to play. That the NCAA will be happy to spend their billions of earned dollars on hundreds of thousands of students. That they will be more than happy to cover each students cost of living, medical, dental, vision, food, etc......... REALITY, is not that simple. This debate is about discussing whether or not students ON FULL SCHOLARSHIPshould be paid. Now reasonable sources show that currently, 90% of students are on full athletic scholarship. Some people are aware enough to realize that student athletes on athletic scholarship are essentially paid already because they receive free tuition, room, meal plans, and some money for books and miscellaneous expenses. At the bigger, more successful universities, athletes also receive academic counseling, tutoring, life skill training, and even nutritional advice. Certainly, not all student athletes are on scholarship and not all are on full scholarships but the student athletes in the revenue sports are receiving compensation in the form of educational benefits and living expenses. To an economist, this is “pay.” Beyond that, however, what is commonly overlooked is that student athletes also receive free professional coaching, strength and fitness training, and support from athletic trainers and physical therapists. Football and basketball players pay $2,000-$3,000 per week for similar training in the weeks leading up to their pre-draft workouts. Using these valuations, and adding in the value of a scholarship, a student athlete at a major conference school on full scholarship is likely receiving a package of education, room, board, and coaching/training worth between $50,000 and $125,000 per year depending on their sport and whether they attend a public or private university.
Now, Getting to your argument about how yet it is possible, but highly unlikely to get injured debating or playing an instrument, this is true, and you will be surprised how many people got to watch teams like the Harvard Debate Team or band. I brought up an argument about the 14th amendment. They 14th amendment states its equality to all citizens in the US. Something this big would have to revolve around the constitution-meaning that if we paid the athletes, we should also pay the other teams who also have the ability to "entertain and perform to their fullest extent at all times."
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