Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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Lindsey Simmerman Speech 102 T/Th 1:00-2:15 October 25, 2016 Should college athletes be paid to play? Specific Purpose: To persuade the class to agree with my stance on paying college athletes to play sports Thesis: College football is the hours players spend practicing and performing, the number of injuries the players face, and the persona these athletes must portray every day all the while watching their schools, coaches, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) get all the compensation. Introduction: It is a Saturday afternoon in the fall, and every family from the South knows what that means. College football. It comes as naturally as breathing for some families, with generations partaking in the tailgating tradition before their beloved teams take the field. However, while these families are basking in the social experience that is college football Saturday, do they realize what is really going on behind the scenes? These athletes should have the right to earn what they are worth (Zirin). These athletes should be paid to play. Today, I will be talking about the reasons college athletes should be paid, a proposed way to go about paying college athletes for their contributions, and the arguments against paying college athletes. Body I. College athletes do not have time to have a job to be able to provide for themselves the things that scholarships do not cover. A. The average Division One football player dedicates over forty hours per week to their

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