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College Athletes Sacrifice

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The price for college is a huge sacrifice that many families end up taking for their child. For athletes, many receive scholarships or are granted money to attend college, but the sacrifice they have to deal with is much larger than money itself. However, many of these athletes’ superiors argue that it's their choice to sacrifice their bodies, and that they’re just student athletes they don’t deserve to be paid. The people who end up stating these claims are the people who end up making millions off of them and who pay their coaches millions in return. Of course they’re college athletes, but college sports have never fell from the public eye and are just as popular as professional sports, and just as profitable. The problem with college sports…show more content…
These factory owners are the college athletic directors and presidents, while the unpaid workers are the student athletes. When you describe it like that it sounds unfair but this is the reality of college sports. However, the NCAA gets out of having to pay their athletes by calling them merely amateurs and not professionals. The NCAA also believes that they are nice enough to the athletes by offering loopholes in their no-payment policy. For example in college football if your team makes a bowl game, athletes can be gifted up to $550. While its great for the players and they all enjoy this loophole, it’s saddening that these athletes sacrifice their bodies for their school and then go crazy when they get an iPad mini or an Apple TV. The coaches rewards however are enough money to buy their whole team twenty iPad minis each. When Missouri made a bowl game for football a couple of years ago, the team got iPad minis and Apple TVs, while their coach got a bonus of $850,000. The coach, Gary Pinkel, has a contract with Missouri of $2.8 million. A stat from 2012 says that the average division 1 football coach has a salary of $1.64 million, while basketball was reported at $1.5 million in 2014. While the coach lives in luxury, many college athletes can barely afford to live at college. Famous basketball star and former college basketball player at UCLA, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, believes that college athletes deserve to be paid. In discussing his time at UCLA he states, “Despite the hours I put in every day, practicing, learning plays, and traveling around the country to play games, and despite the millions of dollars our team generated for UCLA—both in cash and in recruiting students to attend the university—I was always too broke to do much but study, practice, and play...” (Eromosele). He also argues that millionaire coaches can earn more money
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