Sports : Pay For Play?

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Amateurism in College Sports: Pay for Play? Dating back to ancient Greek culture, humans have always enjoyed partaking and watching athletic events. People would travel from all over the globe to see some of these sporting events. The same holds true today, with people from all over the world travelling to play and watch both amateur and professional sports. Amateur competition is viewed as one of the ground rules of college sports. It’s what separates the college men and women from the professional men and women. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) defines amateurism of its athletes as follows: “Student-athletes shall be amateurs in an intercollegiate sport, and their participation should be motivated primarily by…show more content…
While collegiate athletes are not eligible for pay without losing their amateurism within the NCAA, colleges and universities make millions of dollars off of these athletes. In order to retain their amateur status with the NCAA, college students must not be guilty of having or partaking in any of the following: “contracts with professional teams, salary for participating in athletics, prize money above actual and necessary expenses, play with professionals, tryouts, practice or competition with a professional team, benefits from an agent or prospective agent, agreement to be represented by an agent, or delayed initial full-time collegiate enrollment to participate in organized sports competition” (Fitt). If a player is to be found guilty of any of these, they immediately lose their amateur status in the NCAA. Due to the large salaries of professional athletes, colleges and universities also have a tough time keeping their athletes enrolled in school, many athletes leave school after their first or second year to earn the massive salaries they will receive playing the same sport they did in for free college, professionally; where athletes can be paid millions for their talents. The National Collegiate Athletic Association views its student-athletes as strictly that, however many argue that the athletes go well above and beyond to succeed both in, and out, of athletics and deserve more compensation and rewards for doing so. In “The
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