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  • Athletes Should Be Paid in College

    Yes, college athletes should be paid while in college. The colleges and universities that sponsor athletic programs gain tremendous funding and exposure from athletics. It is only fair that the athletes who are exploited through this process be compensated for their exploitation. Thus, college athletes should be paid while in college.

  • They Should get Paid!

    These kids bodies take brutal punishment from other kids, dealing with injury, concussions and so on. They are putting there body and there mental health on the line for the slimmest chance of going pro. The NCAA is suspending kids for taking money for autographs when some of them will need the money for medical bills for things they did to their body while playing college football.

  • Athletes get Paid!

    The students are doing the work, so why don't they get paid. The coaches get paid even though they don't play. Plus they have to pay for college, so its hard for them. And then if they get hurt, their scholarship goes away, so then they don't have money to pay for college. They need a job to pay to live, and to balance school, a sport, and a job would be hard. They should get paid!

  • College athletes should definitely be paid.

    The main argument that I often hear regarding the opposition of a collegiate student collecting a salary is "well, they are on scholarship... So they are already going to school for free." This could not be more false. For every one hundred High School student athletes, there is ONE full scholarship available. Also, more than 60 percent of college athletes receive no scholarship aid at all. Now that we have gotten all of that nonsense out of the way, lets get to some more details that are overlooked. Stress is a huge part of college for student athletes, as well as students. It is stated that 50% of male and 60% of female athletes are extremely stressed from their sport. These stresses are pressures to win, high anxiety, and fear. This is piled on top of the stresses that a non-student athlete may encounter. Time management is also a very big part of college for both sides of this debate. As you probably tell by now, I am a student athlete along with my roommate. Together we counted the amount of time that we were in our room not counting our sleep at night. We had less than 45 minutes counted up of time that we spent in our dorm room. When not in the room we were either lifting, at team practice, in class, studying on our own, studying in our mandatory study tables, or practicing extra for our sport IF we have the time. Michael Knight, my opponent in this debate, claims that "If student athletes need money, they should use resources on their campus to find a job." This is nearly impossible to accomplish in order to maintain grades and get better on the field and in the weight room. So that being said, student athletes cannot make a little money to help pay other expenses and mostly have to rely on parents for everything. Another HUGE trouble for student athletes is not being able join an internship. Most of us do not receive a spring, or summer vacation due to our sport which really puts us behind when it is time to join the business world. Lastly, student athletes make money for their school. For example, Johnny Manziel makes 300 MILLION DOLLARS for his university. That is more money they you and I combined will probably make in our lives (but hey, you never know!). Now I am not saying what he did was right when it came to selling his autograph's, but come on... Thats a lot of money from his name that he will never see. I do not mean to come off as a stubborn athlete who wants extra money, it just frustrates me sometimes when people make narrow minded decisions on a topic and do not look at all the angles. Thanks for reading this, I appreciate your time.

  • Yes They Should

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  • They should be paid for their work.

    The NCAA and the colleges they represent make a fortune from promoting their top football and basketball teams. There is absolutely no reason the young athletes they exploit as "students" shouldn't be getting a piece of the action. Besides, not all college athletes go on to the big leagues after school, so they might as well get something for their efforts.

  • College Athletes Deserve Compensation

    While they might not deserve a salary, college athletes do deserve some form of compensation. The current system doesn't compensate these athletes, which is a shame. Professional athletes make millions of dollars in some cases, yet these players receive nothing if they fail to perform and then make it to the professional leagues.

  • I think that athletes should be paid in college.



    I think that athletes should be paid in college. A lot of these athletes get drafted into the
    major leagues and have serious problems because they never learned how to deal
    with large amounts of money. Paying
    college athletes would give them a period of time to adjust to being paid for their
    talents so that it would be easier for them to go into the pros.


  • No They Shouldn't!

    Teachers and students, should college athletes be paid? What is your opinion? The average price for 4 years of college in the US is $29,408. When athletes go on scholarship almost all of these costs are free. Many believe that athletes should get paid for playing a sport in college or university. I believe that that is not right. I believe this because college is already a privilege, athletes most likely are already on scholarship and cost for housing food and classes are free. You pay for college not get paid to be in college.
    College is for learning. My sister plays basketball and was given offers for scholarships from many universities and colleges. When considering which to chose, more of the the decision was based around the education she would be getting not what level of basketball is played there. Most schools hardly have the budget for many sports if these schools had to pay their athletes they would be in serious debt. Not only would the athletes be paid but the athletic staff would have to be paid more as well and they are already underpaid. Some think that the athletes are doing work anyway so way wouldn't they be paid. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) states that “Student athletes are students first and athletes second”. College athletes should be focused not only on their athletic development and experience, but also on their academic endeavors.
    Most NCAA athletes are already on scholarship. This means housing, food, classes, textbooks, and loans are all paid for. According to the Institute of College Access and Success, 71% of students who attend college or university for 4 years leave in debt. The average debt is 32,000 more than the average cost of 4 years of college. According to the Labour Relations Board in Chicago an employee is a person who is under contract of hire to perform services for another, subject to the employer's control, and in return for payment. So yes according to these specifications athletes can technically be employees for the university. So guess it is up to the university to make the decision because by all rights they can be employees.
    83% of families in the United States cannot afford to pay for 4 years of college. So to most college should be a privilege that should be about education and it should not be a job. Athletes should play for the love of the game and the incentive of maybe being drafted into a professional sports team. If playing sports in college turns into a job players will lose some of the love for the game. Not only will college sports become a job but the money could be spend on bad things and wasted such as drugs, alcohol and just poorly spend in general.

  • No They Shouldn't!

    Teachers and students, should college athletes be paid? What is your opinion? The average price for 4 years of college in the US is $29,408. When athletes go on scholarship almost all of these costs are free. Many believe that athletes should get paid for playing a sport in college or university. I believe that that is not right. I believe this because college is already a privilege, athletes most likely are already on scholarship and cost for housing food and classes are free. You pay for college not get paid to be in college.
    College is for learning. My sister plays basketball and was given offers for scholarships from many universities and colleges. When considering which to chose, more of the the decision was based around the education she would be getting not what level of basketball is played there. Most schools hardly have the budget for many sports if these schools had to pay their athletes they would be in serious debt. Not only would the athletes be paid but the athletic staff would have to be paid more as well and they are already underpaid. Some think that the athletes are doing work anyway so way wouldn't they be paid. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) states that “Student athletes are students first and athletes second”. College athletes should be focused not only on their athletic development and experience, but also on their academic endeavors.
    Most NCAA athletes are already on scholarship. This means housing, food, classes, textbooks, and loans are all paid for. According to the Institute of College Access and Success, 71% of students who attend college or university for 4 years leave in debt. The average debt is 32,000 more than the average cost of 4 years of college. According to the Labour Relations Board in Chicago an employee is a person who is under contract of hire to perform services for another, subject to the employer's control, and in return for payment. So yes according to these specifications athletes can technically be employees for the university. So guess it is up to the university to make the decision because by all rights they can be employees.
    83% of families in the United States cannot afford to pay for 4 years of college. So to most college should be a privilege that should be about education and it should not be a job. Athletes should play for the love of the game and the incentive of maybe being drafted into a professional sports team. If playing sports in college turns into a job players will lose some of the love for the game. Not only will college sports become a job but the money could be spend on bad things and wasted such as drugs, alcohol and just poorly spend in general.

  • Amateur Athletes should not get payed.

    Athletic scholarships are their compensation and a fair one at that. Essentially they receive a free education and in return they represent the school in a certain sport. College athletes don’t have to worry about student loans, paying for textbooks, the cost of on-campus living, and meal plans.According to Institute For College Access & Success, in the state of Pennsylvania 71 percent of students leave a public four-year institution or private nonprofit four-year institution in debt. The average debt is $32,528. That is an enormous burden for kids who may, or may not have a job awaiting them upon graduation. Yes, if athletes do not move on to the national leagues they don't technically have a job to move right into but there free education and no debt gives them an extreme advantage.

  • They're STUDENT athletes

    When you go to collage you go to learn. Not to play ball. Playing ball is a privilege. When you go to collage it says that you are a STUDENT athlete not an ATHLETIC student. Just like in high school you go to get noticed by professional teams and to learn. STUDENT athlete point blank.

  • No, they shouldn't.

    Playing sports in college is an extracurricular activity. It was their choice to play the sport. If they started to get paid they would lose interest in the sport and would only care about the money. You go to college to learn, not to demand money for playing sports, which was your choice in the first place.

  • No they shouldn't get paid

    They are only kids. It will be unfair to other kids. The University already has to buy all of the equipment. They will use the money badly. Not all of the students will get the same amount of money so it will not be fair. No they shouldn't get paid!!!

  • No, they are students first.

    No, athletes should not be paid in college, because they already receive a lot for their efforts. They should have to work summer jobs to pay for their education just like everyone else who goes to college. Athletes are students first and they should focus on their education, rather than simply making a buck.

  • It's the same as Internship.

    I have always had a great deal of respect for college Football players for that simple fact; they are not getting paid to play, and sometimes the college games are more competitive then the professional. I look at "College Ball" in a way as their form of an internship, waiting to be hired.

  • They Shouldn't Be Paid

    College athletes should not be paid. Most of them are going to school for free on a scholarship, so I do not see why they should be paid on top of that. If student athletes need money, they should use resources on their campus to find a job. Work study is available for all students.

  • No they should not.

    Athletes in college should definitely not be paid. The reason they are in college is for an education. Unlike the majority of their classmates, a lot of college athletes will be graduating without thousands of dollars worth of debt, which already puts them ahead in life. If they are in college just to play a sport, they don't belong at the college, and that opportunity should be given to someone else who wants both the education and the athletics.


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