Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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Another year has come and gone in which thousands of fans have been able to enjoy a variety of sports at the collegiate level. Many spectators of collegiate sports would affirm that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) provides as much entertainment as professional sports; a fact that is prove to by the organization’s annual revenue, which nets more than $6 billion yearly (Fitzel, 3). Interestingly enough, National Basketball Association (NBA) generates less then college football and basketball (the value, 7). There is one key difference between the NBA and the NCAA. NBA players are paid on a commission basis for the revenue they help bring in. On the other hand, NCAA athletes are denied any monetary compensation. NCAA athletes are promised a free education if they dedicate themselves completely to their sports (Schneider, 2). This essay seeks to explore the reasons and consequences of not paying these college athletes, as well as the ethics of doing so. It will explore both points of view to answer the question “should college athletes be paid to play?” This issue is relevant to student athletes, Division One Universities, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. For this analysis it is important to note the definition of a student athlete. A student athlete is described as a full time student who participates in a sport at the school he or she attends. Additionally, Division One Universities are institutions that offer up to a doctorate degree for

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