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should college athletes get paid

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Started: 3/9/2018 Category: Sports
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There have been multiple occasions of players secretly getting money illegally from coaches and agents.This doesn't have to happen anymore, college athletes should get what they deserve a paycheck.

I believe that college athletes should get paid because the players can support their families the players could stay longer and it limits corruption from other sources

College athletes should get paid because they could be able to support their family.

In 2014 Shabazz Napier said "We do have hungry nights that we don"t have enough money to get food in. Sometimes money is needed. I don"t think you should stretch it out to hundreds of thousands of dollars for playing because a lot of times guys don"t know how to handle themselves with money. I feel like a student-athlete. Sometimes, there are hungry nights where I"m not able to eat, but I still gotta play up to my capabilities."This shows that some players can't even afford food let alone live on their own.

This is important because these kids are amazing athletes and they deserve to be able to live without the worry of if they have enough money.They should be able to afford a decent meal.

Players would be able to actually afford a decent meal and possibly send some money back home. Many of these athletes come from urban, low-class families and often leave school early because of the unimaginable pressure to be the main provider for their family at a young age.These kids shouldn't have that pressure on them at this age.

This is important because these are just kids who want to play sports and get an education, not to feel the pressure of supporting their family.They should be more focused on their team or their grades.

Players getting paid could help the players stay longer

These athletes bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in revenue a year.If the players stay longer then that could mean that the athletic program could bring in more revenue and the school could greatly benefit.

\This is important because the players deserve to get paid because they are making the athletic programs thousands of dollars and they don't get anything out of it.

To back up the last point, players wouldn"t have to leave school early and would still be able to pursue an education while taking care of their family back home. This would possibly increase graduation rates, allow fans to see their favorite players mature through college, and ensure coaches are preparing athletes as much as possible for the next level.

This is important because most of these kids think they are ready for the pros because they want the money but if the college players get some money it could persuade them to stay longer and improve their game.

if college athletes are paid it could limit corruption from other sources

Compensating athletes in college will limit the corruption involving agents, boosters, and others. Over the years we have seen and heard scandals involving players taking money. Wouldn"t paying them to eliminate a lot of these issues?

This is important because if the athletes were paid it wouldn't pressure them to branch out to their other illegal resources of getting paid or stealing money.

When the kids aren't paid they could rely on betting on the game that their playing in.This could cause kids to stop playing the hardest so the team would lose and the athlete would get money.This would cause chaos in the NCAA and could make the ratings on the school's attendance to the games drop drastically.

This is important because athletes shaving points from games are illegal and could get them suspended, fined or even jailed.These kids need some sort of regulation when it comes to income.

In conclusion, I believe that college athletes should be paid because they can help out their families, they can stay longer at the school and it could limit corruption from other sources.These kids are amazing athletes and its time they get rewarded for it.


Being an athlete, I know how hard it is to stay on top of school work and keep up to performance (sport) expectations. Expectations of yourself, from the school and the wider community can be very stressful. Adding to all of this, is the financial difficulties rising athletes deal with. No money can mean your diet is poor, you can't buy gear for training, can't travel for competitions, can't pay off school loans and you can't pay for a social life. It is all well and good if you have a scholarship, but for the 95% of athletes who don't have an financial benefits, it is a major issue. If schools and colleges want their athletes to do well, they need to support them.

Sporting faculties get paid lots if one of their teams or students does well. But what about the athletes. Student-athletes are the ones working hard out on the court and field. Coaches might have a big effect on a team, but it is up to the athletes to get it done. Coaches receive bonuses for breaking records, reaching the off season, and winning the big games; the athletes receive none of it.

It"s also important to note that college student-athletes are not only a part of a sports team; they are a part of the college or university"s advertising team. They promote the college/school and encourage athletes who look up to them to attend the same college that their role models do.

Being a college student-athlete is a full-time job, bouncing between the weight room, the court/field, classes and finding time to study. Maintaining a balanced life as a student-athlete is near to impossible.

However, I also know from my friends and peers, that giving money to an athlete can make them lazy. Shocker right? I do believe students should be paid, but only partly, and they should be put on a contract stating that if they stop their sport they should not continue to get funding.

I have seen many of my friends offered scholarships. Two years later, the will still be on the scholarship but are performing poorly and hardly ever training. I find this incredibly unfair especially when their are so many deserving athletes who aren't given scholarships or funding. The problem with scholarships is that they are given to the athletes performing 'best at the time', and usually colleges don't track how their athletes are competing or under training (except for basketball) ... and even if they do, they won't remove their scholarships, if they aren't performing well.

In conclusion; athletes are amazing. They work so hard for their sport, and the passion they have is inspiring. However I believe that if people want athletes to get paid, they need to push the colleges to create a contract, outlining that if you are on a scholarship you have more expectations than a non-scholarship athlete would have.
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Posted by Nd2400 3 years ago
I kind of agree with you. They should get paid. But here the problem should we paid all the students athletes? Or just some of them? And what sport?all? And how much should they get paid? And does this includes women athletes? They could be a lot of sticking stuff behind this proposal. And you won't fully get rid of corruption. Because how much would you paid that big star? Does he get the same as everyone else? Teams, coaches, and agents would do anything for that big star. And that still means going behind the NCAA back.
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