college athletes should be paid.
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Looking for anyone who wants to debate that college athletes should "not" be paid.
First round is acceptance. debate start in the second.
I accept the challenge and will argue that college athletes should not get paid.
The top payed public employees in most states are collage coaches with many making millions of dollars a year. Coach K the head coach at Duke makes close to 10 million a year. The Duke athletic program brought in revenue of around 80 million dollars in a recent fiscal year, not one dollar way paid to any of it's athletes.
College athletics is big business, it is absurd to think that the athletes deserve none of the income being generated from their hard work, blood, sweat and tears. Most athletes at the end of The year still end up paying around 3k in exspense not covered by their scholarships to attend school.
It is true that many athletes receive full scholarships to participate in college sports but the value of their educations is greatly diminished due to the demands put upon them by their participation in sports. The average athletes spends just over 40 hours participating college athletics.
Sorry it took me a little bit to post this, I have been busy with other things. For this round, I will introduce my reasons on why a college athlete should not be paid.
Their Own Accountability
I. They Decided to do the Sport
One thing I like to please present an ephasis on is the word "accountability". Accountability (or Accountable) is defined as "Required to be responsible for oneself (1). This means that everyone in society is responsible for their own actions, even college athletes. In this round, my opponents states: "College athletics is big business, it is absurd to think that the athletes deserve none of the income being generated from their hard work, blood, sweat and tears". In reality, these athletes decided to do the sport in the first place. They didn't have to, but they did and because of this they must understand all the hardwork that must be put in.
II. The Value of College Sport
Besides their own accountability, college athletes also represent the college. According to the set of rules for college athletes titled "Athletes Code of Conuct" (2), it states that one of the top reasons athletes are there at te school is to represent their college. "A student athlete is seen in the public eye more often than the average student. Remember, it is a privilege to be a college athlete, but it is also your responsibility to represent the college with class and dignity. Failure to do this will result in disciplinary action from the coach or Athletic Director". If we began paying them, this would break that code that has been held for many decades.
They Already are being Paid Technically
Like stated numerous times in the comment section, athletes are being paid technically. They aren't being paid in the sense of cash to be spent upon anything, but being funded to go to their school and recieve an education in the form of a scholarship. Stated under the NCAA (3), "There is a lot of talk about how much money college sports generates. But did you know that more than 90 percent of the NCAA’s revenue goes to support student-athletes". How do they support them? By letting them live in a dorm and off a scholarship. How isn't this fair?
Of course my opponent states: "It is true that many athletes receive full scholarships to participate in college sports but the value of their educations is greatly diminished due to the demands put upon them by their participation in sports. The average athletes spends just over 40 hours participating college athletics". However, I like to please point out that college athletes aren't the only one working hard in life; there are other members in society working hard to go into college. One example is a working mother, who has a kid with autism, and went through college with working two jobs (4). She worked hard, and still passed her classes; so why should a college athlete deserve higher privledges?
And another example of a college academic working hard in the Speech and Debate Team. Stated under source (5), it will give out a list of all schools that have a Speech and Debate Team. Me personally going through Speech and Debate, I recieved a scholarship for one year and put a lot of effort in my cases in Speech and Debate. I still passed my classes with no issue, and it is no different that college athletes. Anyone can work hard, and still pass without being paid. And why should only college athletes be paid, there are other groups in colleges that work just as hard. Should these other groups also get paid.
Besides that, the value of an education is really great. I would like to please point out a statistic on the percentages an athlete goes pro. Depending on the sport, there is less than a 5% chance for athletes to make it Pro (6). That is not much, and this is where an education comes in and athletes can study it up for a potential future job.
To conclude this round, college athletes are not in that need to be paid. If they started to get paid with physical cash, then it work break the values and morals of a college sport.
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Vote Placed by Midnight1131 11 months ago
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