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…show more content…
With that in mind, they should not be paid for choosing to do something enjoyable—something that should not be the main reason that a student-athlete is in college. The main reason that somebody is in school is to receive an education, not to play a sport. If somebody is truly passionate about a sport, they would be willing to work hard to achieve their potential in that sport without getting paid. The debate over college athletes being paid is primarily argued in NCAA Division I athletics, because that is the highest level of college athletics. However, that just strengthens the argument as to why college athletes should not be paid. At the Division I level, athletic departments are allowed to award student-athletes full-ride athletic scholarships. That pays for tuition, room and board, additional school fees, and—because of the pressure to pay athletes—certain cash allowances for food. The financial advantage earned by athletic ability alone is tremendous. With student loan debt rising to historic levels, every student would love to have that much financial assistance. The vast majority of college athletes will not play a professional sport. The scholarships that they earn give them an advantage by allowing them to receive an education without having thousands of dollars worth of debt to pay off. It is often said that education is the key to success, but the necessary education normally comes with years of
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