Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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Two heated debates arise when considering faults in modern-day college athletics. The first is in college football whether or not a playoff system should be implemented in order to determine a definite Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Champion. This major issue in college football has been temporarily solved with the approval of a four-team playoff starting in 2014 and ending in 2025 (Dinich 1). Though it remains highly exclusive to the top four ranked teams at the end of the season, there lies an opportunity to grow its structure. Second tier, Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) expanded the playoff from 16 teams to 24 teams by giving the top eight seeds a bye in round one. The second most controversial question recurring in college…show more content…
Variations were made to the toughening game of rugby in order to civilize the sport for collegiate competition. Today a plaque in New Brunswick, New Jersey, commemorates the first college game, on November 6, 1869, when Rutgers beat Princeton 6–4 (Branch 5). The world of college athletics was considered unregulated chaos before reform took place in the 1920s. A 1929 study by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching titled, American College Athletics exposed the unfair competitive environment of college football (Estler 5). From then on a committee of college presidents, which later developed into the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), would monitor any unfair competitive advantages. Illegal activity that was abruptly confronted by the NCAA after WWII ranged from point shaving schemes to roster sizes of over 300 players with as many as 100 on scholarship (Estler 6). Excessive scholarships caused a larger separation in competition between larger schools and smaller schools that couldn’t afford to offer as many academic scholarships. A fine line was drawn between schools that valued athletic achievement equally to academics and schools that significantly emphasized the latter. Professional football and basketball growth towards the midway point in the 20th century caused the increasing responsibility of the NCAA from promoting college athletics to regulating
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