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should student athletes be paid

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/23/2014 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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JohnLC

Con

I believe that student athletes should not be paid because of the fact they are gettin a free education and taking the seat of a student that could be paying and might be smarter than the athlete.
WheezySquash8

Pro

Should Student Athletes Be Paid? (Pro)

Introduction


Albert Einstein, a famous scientist, physician, and philosopher once said, "Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." Success is something that many people in society have questioned. Many question whether those who are successful deserve to be where they are. Those who are successful often get high payments, life qualities, etc. The same games for (expecially student) athletes. Student athletes should be paid because of the benefits the others, and the students get from being paid.



Reason 1 They Earn It

Like many other successful people, student athletes earn their money, education, and opportunities through working for it. Most student athletes practice as much as the average person works. Just like the average worker, athletes need to practice, and work at what the earn their money from. The student athletes also have a second challenge at hand when they do this. They still have to maintain good grades, while still being good at what they are earning an income from. The average American when they are not at work gets to do what they want. They have the choice of what they do when they're outside of work. Meanwhile, student athletes when not exercising have homework, and classes to worry about because if they do not keep at least decent grades, they'll lose their chance to continue college from sports. Not only do they have those two things at hand to worry about, but they also have social lives, sports endorsements, etc to have to be concerned about. The athletes have to plan if they want to earn money. The athletes also have to earn their profits by making the right choices. They have make strong decisions during their career that could take them the right way, or the wrong way. Muhammad Ali shows this when he once said, "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." If they take the wrong way, they'll commonly be shunned by the media, and be demoted from the economic position that they were once in. Athletes also have to earn their media publicity by impressing the public, doing something, etc. Some talented college athletes do not become known until they impress the media enough. They have to earn the media's attention. So, in summary student athletes earn their money through time management, media rankings, and working hard.


Reaction To Con

The first major issue in Con's statement is that he/she said, "I believe", and, "Should Not". This shows mere opinion, and is not correct. Therefore, Con's side cannot be correct if Con only has opinion. Con also showed no sources. Because of this, Con cannot verify that what he/she is true, or correct. So Con cannot be correct this round because he/she did not show any proof, and used primarily opinion based statements.

Sources


("Albert Einstein Quotes", Brainyquote)


("Muhammad Ali Quotes", Brainyquote)


("Should Student Athletes Be Paid?", usnews)


(Singletary, Michelle, "Should Student Athletes Be Paid?", Washington, The Washington Post, April 10, 2014)


("Being A Student Athlete Is Challenging", Southeastern Louisiana University)


("How To Debate A Point", Bookrags)







Debate Round No. 1
JohnLC

Con

JohnLC forfeited this round.
WheezySquash8

Pro

Reason 2 Benefits For This Generation

With the past generation from the baby boom aging, or dying, the next generation of people is starting to bear great responsibilities. According to the International Data Base (IDB) the highest percentage of the Earth's population is kids age 0-4 with about 631,170,308 people. As all of these kids grow up, some of these are going to aspire to be like college players one day. Studies have shown that people look up to people who they see the most. With college sports playing on media, kids (even if they aren't into sports) are bound to see, or hear about college sports in some way. College athletes can be beneficial role models for kids, expecially if the athlete used to have a poor background. Henry Ford, founder of Ford once said, "If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own."


Many may ask why student athletes are positive role models. Although there are cases of athletes getting into drugs, crime, etc, there are positive aspects of college athletes that outnumber the bad aspects. First, college athletes are good role models because they worked hard to get where they are (as discussed in round 1). Many college athletes had to work hard to meet the athletic requirements for a college to want them. They also had to work hard with grades. (I will not go too in depth because round 1 explains it good enough.) Secondly, college athletes make good role models because of their position. They are at the top of fame during their athletic years, and sometimes their sports get as much attention as the pro leagues. They are in a position that many kids want to be in. Getting a free, or cheap education, and being famous. That's something that a kid would want one day. They teach kids that anything is possible. Finally, college students make great role models because of their values sometimes. Sometimes, college athletes want to help people with cancer, people who are poor, etc. This teaches youths to help others in need if they can which can not only benefit them, but benefit society. In summary, college students are inspirational, and make role models because of their morales, position, etc.

Reaction To Con

So Con forfeited, therefore I win. I am not done yet, however. If I was to forfeit, I would get no benefit out of this, and I would not learn to give my all. Con, I am guessing just made his account, started this debate, and only posted for round one, and never came on again. So Con most likely did not give up in this debate, but just stopped going on his account. Therefore Con is most likely going to forfeit again, and again until the debate is over so I am assuming I won, unless Con makes a major move, however since his account is account is inactive, I am doubtful of it. I could just forfeit now, and I would still win, but I want to get full benefits out of this debate, and improve on source citing, reasoning, etc even though Con gave up.

Sources

("View Quotes", Brainyquotes)

("International Data Base", U.S Cencus Bureau, 2014)

(Krob, Jim, "Motivating Today's Student Athletes", NFHS)

(Rosenberg, Matt, "Baby Boom", GeographyEd, March 27, 2009)

(Wilson, Gregory, Pritchard, Mary, "Comparing Sources of Stress In College Student Athletes and Non-Athletes", AthleticInsight)

(Mayo Clinic Staff, "Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Teen Athletes", Mayo Clinic)

(Coakley, Cathy, "Athlete Development", UNH)

(Marobella, Paul, "Social Media In Sports: The Athlete", Havas Discovery, March 16, 2009)


















Debate Round No. 2
JohnLC

Con

JohnLC forfeited this round.
WheezySquash8

Pro

Con Forfeited again, therefore I won!


Debate Round No. 3
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by A341 3 years ago
A341
Define paid.
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Vote Placed by SPENCERJOYAGE14 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct: flows pro because con forfeited 2 out of 3 rounds. Convincing Arguments: flows pro because he had some and responded to con's whereas con did not. Sources: Flows pro because he had some.
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