Issues Over Paying College Athletes

1359 WordsJan 26, 20185 Pages
In recent years, the issue of paying college athletes has come to the forefront. There is an entire market for college sports and the associations that oversee these college teams, the ones that broadcast their games on television, and the sponsors that support them make a huge profit. This brings the question, why aren’t the students who are giving their time to these sports being paid? There seems to be a misconception that college athletes aren’t being paid and that is wrong. Just in Florida, to be a student at high profile institutions such as the University of Miami, Florida or Florida State University costs an arm and a leg. Adding on the cost of living, books, and miscellaneous expenses, students are burdened by higher and higher costs of getting education, even if they have the intellect for it. Those who qualify as good enough to be athletes for these schools however get a free pass. Many athletes, especially football or basketball players, have the four years of their university expenses taken care of simply because they have the talent that the school wants. They not only get “a full, free ride… [they get] tutors, study tables, human alarm clocks...[their] game is their resume” (Daugherty). I believe that because of all the perks that college athletes get for playing for a university, they should not get paid to play on top of all that. One that people seem to have a misconception of is when they “claim that college athletes earn nothing…student-athletes earn

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