Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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College athletes are working so hard for their Universities every day. They are responsible for increasing revenues but aren’t rewarded with any monetary compensation. These students are working for their schools and are doing a service that seems to be overlooked. Some may argue that these athletes are being exploited by their schools, tv, and video games, which make millions of dollars off of intercollegiate athletics. Colleges are just using these hard working athletes to increase their reputations. Compensation of athletes I believe is necessity not only to keep competition at a constant level in college athletics, but also to encourage students to want to graduate high school, and get their college degrees. Everywhere else in this …show more content…

Many athletes still to this day can’t afford to have their parents come to watch the games. Well due to the lack of money by these students, black-markets are created. Black-marketing is when goods and services are traded illegally. Associates that represent the University give these players’ cars, spending money, or pretty much anything they wish for. If athletes are paid to play, not only can they cover some of their college expenses, but now they will have eagerness to finish their education. In college basketball, some freshmen are referred to as one-and-done players because they complete one year of college and want to go professional early. This is because these athletes want money and need it as soon as possible. The importance of their education is lost. Universities are exploiting these students and allowing them not to receive any revenue that they clearly earned.
This recent season where the market value for a basketball player was $547,000. But player like Jahlil Okafor made Duke University around 1.6 million dollars in gear like jersey and T-shirts. And the big time school University of Oregon their star running back De’Anthony Thomas made the University over $547,000. For all of Thomas and Okafor 's hard work and their name being put out in stores across the country and online

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