Essay on Athletic Programs of Universities

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Frequently, colleges are better known for their athletics than academics. Universities thrive off their athletic programs and in return, most reward their athletes through scholarships, apparel, and experiences. However, some believe that these rewards are not sufficient and that college athletes should be paid a salary. College athletes should not be paid a salary because many are receiving scholarships, it would create an unequal playing field, and it would take away the student aspect of being a collegiate athlete. Athletic scholarships provide many athletes with an opportunity to compete in a sport and obtain a higher education. In addition, athletic scholarships can easily be combined with academic scholarships, federal aid,…show more content…
Add in practice gear, extra cleats, gloves and other miscellaneous items, and Indiana University's annual cost tops $200,000” (Gardner). The costs of the uniforms and trips are in addition to the luxurious scholarships handed to many athletes. Adding a salary to college athletes would lead to a domino effect. How would a college decide who to pay or how much? Title IX, a law requiring schools to provide equal opportunities in women’s sports as in men’s, presents to be major problem for many schools. Most likely Title IX would force universities to pay female athletes in equal amounts to male athletes. Football teams are the main source of revenue for many college athletic departments. If a salary was implemented would only the first line string be paid even though all of the other players are putting in equal time and effort for their team, thus the domino effect. Once one player is paid a salary when does it stop. Every spring the Final Four basketball tournament generates much excitement with large and small universities. Fans love to pull together and root for the underdogs. If college athletes were to receive a salary then the Final Four Tournament would become extinct. Larger Division I colleges would be able to afford stellar athletes and this would diminish the diversity of athletic abilities. The small schools, which were
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