Paying College Athletes Essay

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Most of us have watched a college sporting event at one point or another in our life. Few people actually know and are aware of all the hard work, and dedication college athletes put towards their sport. However, they do not receive a compensation for their hard work. These Athletes are sometimes mistreated physically and mentally, yet the debate over whether or not to pay college athletes is a big debate.

One reason college athletes should get paid is because they make millions of dollars for their school. College athletes have been dedicating their time, hard work, and much more to their schools' athletic departments. Between the national television games they play in and company endorsement money the school receives, each player on
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College athletes play for an organization called the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCA). The NCAA has so much control over these athletes, that they even control their educational requirements. The NCAA requires all college athletes to maintain a 2.5 average on a course load of at least 12 credits each semester. Some might say this is not a hard requirement to maintain, but one must remember while playing a college sport, time is limited and some athletes struggle to find time to get everything done. If a player is not able to maintain these requirements, he or she might lose their scholarship if they are on one. After all, college sports are big business, colleges are exploiting these young athletes making tons of money off of players, while these young men themselves don't even have pocket money to spend.

College athletes should also get paid because they could get injured while playing the sport. It is highly unlikely if a college athlete gets seriously hurt to the point where they need surgery, the college would pay for it. These athletes endure various drills and push themselves to the max day in and day out which makes them vulnerable to injury. So it would only be fair that the college athlete sees some of the money they helped generate into the school. If a player does get hurt, it could end their career. If this players dream was to be a professional athlete, they can't even achieve that dream…