Should College Athletes Get Paid
Athletes all over the country enjoy playing sports; some do it for the passion of the game and others do it for the money. Professional athletes are paid thousands of dollars a year to show off their talents and bring money into bigger businesses. Though college athletes do the same, maybe even more, as professionals they aren’t getting any money in return. Paying athletes might bring stability and maybe some relief to college students, but would it be right? The ethical and financial consequences of paying college athletes substantially outweigh the benefits. Paying college athletes would seem like a great idea in the beginning but in the long run will cause corruption and chaos in the sports industry.
Paying college athletes comes with many benefits. College athletes not receiving full scholarships find it difficult to pay for college because of their busy schedules. So the solution that countless amounts of people develop is offering to pay the athletes for their performances. This solution may help to an extent but has some ethical flaws. College athletes are ultimately there to get an education that will help them in the future. Paying the athletes money will create a sense of laziness in their studies so that the can focus more on their athletics. But the overall perspective on the matter is that less than 2% of college athletes go on to become professionals. The other 98% will have to rely on their college degrees to help them establish a career (Doc H).
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Yes, college sports are bringing in billions of dollars into the school but that money isn’t just sitting there. It is going to facilities and coach that will make the team and school better. Another reason why college athletes shouldn’t be paid is the risk of corruption. During the recruiting process, colleges would use the “salary card” to bribe students to attend their school (Doc E).
Students shouldn’t have to compare schools based on how much they are going to make like this is their job. Sports should just be an additional activity to the student’s academics.
So eventually, if college athletes do end up getting paid for their participation there will be a sense of inequality between different schools, sports, and other programs. When discussing paying college athletes, the main focus is on big schools that receive thousands of dollars from their sports programs. Athletes from the schools that are more successful would receive more money. The main two sports are men’s football and basketball. Athletes from Division I schools would be getting paid more than Division II and III colleges. This is unfair considering there is no difference between athletes in different divisions. Why should athletes in Division I schools be paid more when another athlete is putting in the same amount of work (Doc G)? Also women athletes and other sports would be receiving less compensation. The Title IX law makes it possible for women to be treated as equals in academics and athletics (Doc B).
If athletes were to get paid, woman athletes would receive far less than male athletes. Other sports athletes are going through the same financial struggles with their “full scholarships” but only the high performing athletes will be receiving pay (Doc F).
Also other programs throughout the school produce money for their college. Yes, it may not be billions of dollars but they are working hard to. For example, performing arts programs spend hours rehearsing and puts on shows that are bringing in money. Shouldn’t they be receiving money? In considering paying college athletes, one must keep in mind that it will lead to a corrupted system of inequality in many areas.
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In the debate whether to pay college athletes keep in mind that corruption, laziness, and unfairness will emerge. Paying athletes that are barely getting any sleep seems like a great idea at first but when one analyzes the “solution” you find that more problems come out of it. These athletes should not be paid because they are still considered amateur athletes. They should be more focused on their academics considering they are student-athletes, students first. Critics say that not paying athletes is similar to slave labor but these athletes are receiving scholarships for schools, building a fan base, and they get to travel the country. This is far from slave labor. College athletes should just enjoy the game without the added stress of worrying about their paychecks.