Paying College Athletes Essay

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Every child, at some point in their life, dream about becoming a rock star, a doctor or an astronaut. The career that stands out the most in young boys and girls dreams, is becoming a professional athlete; Why is that? One reason could be the ever increasing media coverage on each individual sport. Certain channels are devoted just for that particular sport, keeping viewers updated and thirsting to get out and play just like professionals on television. Another reason could be, how easy it is to get out in the backyard as a kid to shoot the basketball, throw a football, or hit a baseball because it is a lot harder to perform heart surgery or fly to the moon when you're only a child. With that being said, it is so easy to look up to a …show more content…
With that in mind, to keep college sports prestigious, colleges must come up with a way to keep their athletes interested in playing at their school until they have finished their degrees. College athletes at the Division One level should be paid to play. When the topic is brought up about why college athletes should be paid to play, more then half of people instantly will disagree and say “no way, what for”? But have they really looked into all the reasons pointing towards paying them? I know it sounds like I'm trying to say give them all million dollar contracts and call it a done deal, but that is not the case. Aside from the athletic and academic scholarships to pay for tuition, the money they would be receiving would be miniscule to what they could be making if they were working at a full-time job instead. This money would basically cover small costs an athlete must make when living on his own, since there is no time for a job, he has to balance the careful act of school and sports. Only a select few big time athletes will actually make it all the way to the big leagues and receive a big payout. Once this money distribution to the players is in affect, it will clean up a lot of problems in college sports. One question that needs to be answered first is, what is the NCAA? The NCAA or (National Collegiate Athletic Association) are the members that make the rules for college sports at most colleges and

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