Should College Athletes Be Paid? Essay

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The debate on whether college athletes should be paid to play is a sensitive controversy, with strong support on both sides. College athletics have been around for a long time and always been worth a good amount of money. This billion dollar industry continues to grow in popularity and net worth, while they continue to see more and more money come in. The student-athletes who they are making the money off of see absolutely none of this income. It is time that the student-athletes start to see some of this income he or she may by helping bring the National Collegiate Athletic Association. There are many people who do not think this is in the best interest of the student-athletes or Universities, but that being said there are also many…show more content…
What an athlete does outside of the complex and facility should be their business not the publics. As long as they are not breaking any state or national laws, then I do not see the harm of any individual trying to make some extra cash. I think it is unethical and unfair for the National Collegiate Athletic Association to punish athletes for trying to add a few dollars to their bank accounts.
As for myself being a college football player, I know what it is like to struggle with income in college and not having money to pay for certain/basic needs of the college life. Stating this, being a football player and attending school enrolled as a full time student as well, we are basically putting forty-plus hours of work every week. By putting so much time and effort into the love that we have for this game, we cannot possibly find time to get a minimum wage job to help pay for the necessities of college life. I haven't even mentioned the traveling factor that we go through, that’s another stressor of being a college athlete. “Because of the amount of hours we put in and the dedication we have to our sports, a lot of us don’t have enough time to go out and get a job like normal students do. I know we are not professionals, but we have expenses to worry about and don’t have the same amount of time or opportunities to make money

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