Yes, to a certain extent, I believe that the student athletes should be compensated for their performances. Colleges make large amounts of money on their players through merchandise and ticket sells. While the schools are making bank, the students are just barely scrapping by with sometimes less than the minimum. When a student accepts a token of appreciation from anyone they are disciplined severely, but the college can cash in on the players with no consequences. Players should at least receive a spending stipend.
The NCAA and all the colleges that are a part of that system are making a fortune off the backs of college athletes, while the athletes themselves are forbidden to make a dime. That is wrong, and it's exploitation. Everyone knows that star college athletes aren't being recruited for their intellectual prowess anyway. We should stop pretending they are, and just start paying them.
Collegiate athletes in sports that produce revenue for their schools, conferences and the NCAA should all be paid whatever the market will bear for their services. It is ridiculous that coaches athletic directors, and other administrators make millions of dollars per year on the backs of the labor the student athletes provide for free.
Yes, student athlete's should be paid as they bring awareness and money to their school. I see now reason why a student athlete should be treated any differently than a professional in this matter. More school awareness equals more tuition money, so a student athlete deserves his or her share.
Student athletes should not get paid. If student athletes were to get paid, they would not be focused on their schooling, which would be detrimental to their future, They are more then likely getting a free ride through college, so that is pretty much like they are getting paid already.
Student athletes should be playing sports for the love of the game. It is a time when they should be embracing the value of being part of the team and reaping the benefits of hard work and discipline. Once money is introduced into the picture, the entire motivation for playing sports changes. It becomes about money and its values corrupted.
Getting a higher education these days means going into massive debt. Student athletes already get paid to play sports--it's called a scholarship. Having a free ride for four years is plenty payment enough because it includes room and board, meals, books and tuition. Road trips to visiting schools are free and the hotels and food are paid for. The money earned from jobs after getting the degree is the payment for four years of playing sports.
Students are in school to learn. If they have a hobby or extracurricular activity--great! But to give students money for sports is absurd. It puts the focus on career rather than education, and that is an insult to students who WANT to learn. It also fools the student athletes into feeling comfortable that they could be in professional sports, which is a long shot for all but the chosen few. If students want to play sports for money then they should drop out and take their chances, otherwise get the education they will almost certainly need and use in the long run.