Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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Brett Ott Argument Paper Rough Draft 11/20/15 One of the biggest debates in sports right now is whether or not college athletes should be paid. They spend an extensive amount of time between classes, workouts, practices, and games. As an NCAA Division III athlete, I can relate to having a demanding schedule. Everybody has to go to their classes and practice every day. In addition, we have skill workouts between classes depending on the day, as well as lifting four days per week in the offseason and two days per week during the season. It is important to keep in mind that the schedule of a Division I athlete would be even more strenuous. On top of that, a school’s athletic teams are the face of the school. For many people, the only impression of a college or university they have is what they have seen of the sports teams. For these reasons, many people believe that they should be paid a salary in addition to their athletic scholarships. However, there are many people that argue against that. Both sides have reasons for their stances, and I take a strong stance that college athletes should not be paid. The first reason that college athletes should not be paid a salary is that they are supposed to play for the love of the game. Although this seems cliché, it is a fundamental truth of athletics at any level, not just college. Athletics in school—whether in junior high, high school, or college—are extracurricular activities. Participating in a sport alongside one’s

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