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Should student athletes on full scholarship get paid to play?

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Started: 10/9/2013 Category: Sports
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RonnieVF

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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...
pensfan

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yes, I think they should pay college athletes. Not every player will get a scholarship. The sports players are the ones bringing in all of the money. The NCAA is a multi-billion dollar industry that generated over $845 billion last year due to their players" ability to entertain and perform to their fullest extent at all times. without the players that money wouldn't come in. The players wont get played a lot, but at least they will be getting a share of the money they helped make. Also, Athletes in college are putting themselves at the same physical risk as the professionals involved in each respective sport. They need to be insured medically so their bodies cannot further develop lingering problems due to injury and stress on the tissue, muscles and bones. Debate teams, drama clubs, and band, are not a sport, they are just activities. you cant get hurt playing an instrument or debating against someone. And not a lot of people go to watch them.
Debate Round No. 1
RonnieVF

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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."
pensfan

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yes the 14th amendment states its equality to all citizens in the US. But do they really follow that amendment? gay marriage is not legal, they had that 14th amendment taken from them. If It was the 14th amendment for everyone, then everybody who works should get paid the same amount of money right. the money would only go to those who play sports. ( hockey, soccer, football) but not to those who are in debating teams or bands. if they want paid that's the person that runs those things jobs, the ncaa only takes care of those who are in sports. the players also would not be paid a lot of money. surely they should be able to work and make their own money just like any other student right? Not so fast. The NCAA is actually bold enough to restrict their athletes from having jobs or making money because they don"t want them cashing in on their performances in any way. The NCAA does not see its players as professional athletes simply because they are in college. However for some odd reason the coaches are paid rather professionally. In fact the average salary for a major college head coach is upwards of $1.5 million to $5 million. why should the coaches get paid this much money. people don't come out to watch them play every game do they. Yes the coaches may help to set up the game and train players and they should get paid some money, but then the players deserve some of that money as well. with this giant amount of revenue that the NCAA has, they should surely be able to share just a small portion with their players. Just enough for them to be comfortable and get compensated for the hours of work they put in for their schools.At the end of the day whatever brings in money should be paid for accordingly, and the same goes for any business out there. No one is saying they should be getting million dollar contracts but universities should step up and pay them just like they would for any other part-time job a student would have working in the library, admissions office or cafeteria. Why shouldn"t athletes receive the same benefits? even if they are on a scholarship, they should get paid.
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