Why College Athletes Shouldn't Be Paid

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Why Not to Pay College Athletes
After numerous scandals over the past several years of college athletes receiving improper benefits, the question has come up whether or not college athletes should be paid or not. College sports are a growing industry, and we have seen money destroy organizations, teams, and players in this industry. The determination and motivation of college athletes supersedes professional athletes by their will to win; therefore, college athletes should not be paid.
The law that prevents college athletes from receiving money is called Title IX. Title IX was passed in 1972, and states that all money should go equally for all sports and no team should be excluded. Originally this law was created to preserve equal
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“Likewise, almost all NCAA championships “lose money.” However, overall NCAA revenue, primarily derived from the Association’s media agreements and the popularity of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, helps 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member institutions learn and compete in 23 sports and 88 national championships” (NCAA 2). Most colleges typically lose money on most of their sporting teams, and with the income from the few sport teams they are able to provide for other students. Since a lot of colleges are losing money in the industry, they wouldn't be able to pay the athletes if they don't generate revenue. This would cause students to go to colleges that make money knowing they would be getting paid, compared to a college that doesn’t have financial stability to pay athletes. College would not be college anymore. The universities would become franchises and inevitably turn into a smaller version of the NFL. The law Title IX makes it mandatory for each team to provide the same amount of benefits to each student. From the incomes to these few sports, the less popular sports at schools would be cut because they do not have enough revenue coming in to pay the players. "("Student-athletes generate billions of dollars for universities and private companies while earning nothing for themselves.") This is indisputably untrue. Student-athletes earn free tuition, which…