Should College Athletes Be Paid?

1794 Words Nov 19th, 2015 8 Pages
The Grand Debate
The grand debate of whether to pay college athletes continues today; yet, there are so many other amenities provided to the athletes that they are practically paid through those. College athletes are considered amateurs therefore they should not be paid. This debate has been going on for many years and there has not been a consensus on what to do.
College coaches receive sky high salaries while the booster clubs donate millions of dollars to the university 's athletic program, but those who are actually competing do not get paid. As a former athlete, I do not think college athletes should be paid. The NCAA recently ruled that athletes can receive more than just a full tuition scholarship, they can now also get their entire cost of attendance paid for, which includes money for meals and travel. it can be more than the cost of tuition, books, and room and board.
Since college athletes are not paid to play, they would be considered amateurs. But, my personal perspective is they are “paid.” They receive scholarships, free merchandise, and in football, if the team makes it into a bowl game, there are countless amenities provided. I do not think it should be considered a labor force, because they are choosing to play, they are not being forced to play. Paying college football players would ruin college athletics because athletes would choose schools based on the wealth of the school rather than the quality of the institution and athletic program. Student…

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