With college sports views as high as ever, now college athletes are pushing even harder for a salary. Many players feel that with the level of income their sports bring to their universities, that they should be compensated for their hard work. However, I believe, college athletes should not be paid for playing their sport because they have already been compensated for their work with tuition scholarships.
Between both division one and two college athletes, approximately 2.9 billion dollars are given a way to 150,000 NCAA college athletes (NCAA). With the vast majority of athletes already receiving scholarships, to add a salary to these players seems like too much. It does not make sense for these athletes to be paid on top of already getting a free college education.
If a college athlete is getting paid to play, why would they go to class. By being paid to participate in an extracurricular, it takes the focus away from class work, and pushes these athletes to only focus on their athletic careers. Looking at the numbers of how many college athletes make it into a professional league, it doesn’t make sense for these athletes to only work towards their athletic goals, and not their academic goals.
Finally, it is hard to believe that these young, amateur players would be responsible enough to obtain and maintain the amount of money they would be making. They would be making so much in such little time and there would be no one there to help guide them through the process (Lemmons). Time and time again, young professional athletes who are making millions find themselves bankrupt in a matter of months. In fact, Sports Illustrated found that about 78 percent of professional athletes will go broke within two years of retirement (Harnett). Who is to say that it won’t be the same case for college athletes.
College Athletes should not be paid for playing sports because it would end up ruining what so many people love about college sports. People love watching such young and non-professional players play at such a high level and across the country. If college athletes were paid, it would shift this level of play to be more focused about money, and not getting an education and becoming better.
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