College Athletes Should Not Be Paid

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In the spring of 2014, the Northwestern University Football Team did something that has never been done before in the history of college sports. Many scholarship players voted on whether the team should unionize. These same players believe that they should be compensated for their play on the athletic field. Many collegiate sports fans also believe that collegiate athletes from around the country should be compensated for playing sports; however, paying college athletes would cause multiple problems in college athletics. College athletes should not be paid because schools do not have the money to pay student athletes, it would not be fair for athletes who do not play football or basketball, and they have athletic scholarships that allow them to receive a free education. Many people around the country believe that since football and basketball are such big sports that they bring in enough money to pay all athletes at that college. This is simply not the case. According to Jeffrey Dorfman, “only 23 out of 228 Division I athletic programs managed to run a surplus in 2012” (“Pay College Athletes?”). This means that it would be impossible for schools to pay their athletes because they do not make money on those programs. All of the twenty-three Division I schools that made money on their athletic programs in 2012 are “in a BCS automatic-qualifying conference” (Dorfman). According to this, all schools not in a BCS automatic-qualifying conference lose money on their athletic

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