Universities should pay their student athletes beyond what they are already paying them with their scholarships. Lets face it, the University is making mega bucks by endorsement deals and advertising what these players bring to their University. It is only fair that the athletes get paid for what they are doing and risking injury on the field.
Without a doubt, student athletes deserve extra compensation from their colleges aside from scholarships. Some of these students bring tons of revenue to colleges for their play, and they deserve far more than they receive. An athlete has no guarantee of reaching professional sports, and they could lose in a big way.
Student-athletes bring millions of dollars to the schools they play for. Millions of dollars are made with merchandising and advertising some of this money should go down to the students who actually play and do all of the hard work. This is only fair. the schools have enough money to pay the athletes so they should.
Collegiate athletics should remain collegiate, that is to say extracurricular and limited to those who are students first and foremost. Paying athletes would in effect make them professional, making sports their primary job. This goes against the whole purpose of college sports which is supposed to be a competition among students.
Students should not get paid simply for attending school, even if they are athletes. Sports are given too much attention at the university level. The purpose of college is to educate the youth so that they can get a job when they grow up. Sports are extracurricular acitivities and they are not essential.
I do not believe universities should pay their student athletes beyond what they receive with scholarships and perks. Universities are there to provide education and that's were their funding should be directed. They should not pay out salaries to athletes, because that would swing the purpose of the institution from education to sports.
They get paid already. Tuition, Books, Food, Housing, Clothing and vacation destination Bowl Games and Basketball Tournaments. Meanwhile my son pays for all of that plus buys tickets to the games and bleeds school colors and bursts with school pride. He works his butt off so that he can attend school and everything associated with going to College.
Athletes get paid to play in the fact that their tuition, books, room and board are taken care of. As such, universities and the NCAA should require all student athletes to remain in school to earn their degrees rather than bolt for professional sports. In other words, the university spends time recruiting the person which costs money. The least the athlete can do is graduate before playing professionally. Dropping out of school is another matter, but universities should be able to recoup their investment in some way.