Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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Almost every kid grows up with some sort of dream of playing a professional sport. Some of these kids have worked hard every day, week, and year from elementary school to the end of high school. All of this hard work could possibly lead to a Division 1 college scholarship, which in most cases is one step before the fame and glory of professional sports. Today, sports are no longer fun and games; sports are a business, and college sports are no different. Paying College athletes would result in improved student life, removal of the double standards athletes face, and fair compensation to the athletes for the money they generate. The way the system is set up, it makes it very hard for a professionally athlete to sustain a typical life. Generally tuition for good colleges is about $25,000 per year, and some people would say “$100,000 over four years is a lot of money for an athlete”. It is but most athletes don’t even last 4 years at their colleges. Athletes have to deal with the shuffling of coaching staffs, who may or may not mistreat the athlete, forcing him or her to transfer to a different school. Additionally, teams may end an athlete’s scholarship following a series of uncontrollable injuries. Athletes in college are putting themselves at the same physical risk as the professionals involved in each respective sport. They need to be insured medically so their bodies cannot develop lingering problems due to injury and stress on the tissue, muscles and bones. Also the

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