Should College Athletes Be Compensated?

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As college athletic revenues have skyrocketed over the past decade, the controversial question of whether college athletes should be compensated still remains. In the United States over 100,000 collegiate athletes participate in a variety of different sports across the country and do not receive financial compensation for their performances. Dating back to the 1800’s, intercollegiate athletics have played a very important role in American life, not only for the players but for fans as well. Ranked among the most popular sports in the United States, “College football alone attracted its third-highest attendance total ever with 48,958,547 fans in 2012” (National Collegiate Athletics Association, 2013). Intercollegiate athletics is defined as “involving or involved in competition between colleges”. As a college student, one must attend classes, complete work specific to their degree requirements and maintain a minimum grade point average as sanctioned by the NCAA to participate in athletics. The NCAA is an “organization dedicated to safeguarding the well-being of student-athletes and equipping them with the skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom and throughout life”. The NCAA has put in place a set of rules to assure fair and safe competition at the collegiate level. Arguably one the most debatable topics is the NCAA rule that states “College athletes are not to be paid, not to cash in on their prominence, never to cross any kind of line of professionalism.”
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