Many college athletes help their school receive revenue, but that doesn’t mean these athletes should get a percentage because of their contributions. ESPN wants us to view college athletes as if they are in training for a job or working for an unpaid internship (Hadaway). If college athletes were paid, college sports would be abolished forever. Paying these athletes would only benefit them; therefore, these players should not be paid. Professional and college sports should keep bold and straight line between each other.
While most people disagree on whether college athletes should be paid, there are several factors that should be taken into consideration when debating this topic. Because basketball and football bring such a profit to colleges, the money earned pays for smaller sports within the college (ex. Volleyball, Soccer, and Lacrosse). If these big sport players were being paid, small athletic teams would be cut due to the lack of profitable money (Anderson). It’s not fair that these smaller teams would be terminated. An evaluation done in 2013 proved that only 23 of 228 Division I college schools actually have the money to pay these athletes (Anderson). If a college could pay their athletes, it would not be too much money. Title IX – a law that prohibits unfairness and exclusion of anyone based on sex from a program receiving Federal financial assistance – would be broken because only basketball and football players would receive money since they bring in the most money. Even though college athletes seem like they earn a payday, the effects of paying college athletes are way too heavy and disastrous.
If college athletes were to get paid, there are so many questions and unknowns that would differ from college to college. If college athletes were paid, how much would they make? The answer to this would differ from school to school depending on how much the school can give. Would these athletes still be paid if they were hurt (Anderson)? This is unknown. Every college would probably have their own say and make their decision based on how much money they have to pay these athletes. Because football and basketball are more popular and make more profits, would these players be paid more? This would mean that smaller sports, if not abolished, would be paid considerably less if even paid at all (Hadaway). If records were broken, championships were won, or performances were exceptional, would an athlete be paid more (Hadaway)? In professional sports, winning the championship means a big payday is coming, but college sports might be different. Would there be new rules about how much money one can receive? Adding new rules would just corrupt NCAA even more. There is no reason to add more stress and work to these workers lives. Since there are countless questions when considering to pay college athletes, these athletes just should not be paid.
Some people want college athletes to be paid, but when thought out, these athletes get paid in many other ways. “According to NCAA, more than 150,000 college athletes receive $2.7 billion in scholarships each year” (Hadaway). That is a substantial amount of money that’s just given to an athlete just for their talent. Most college athletes have luxuries on top of their scholarship. They’re treated greatly around campus. They also receive the best uniforms, doctors and trainers, new and updated equipment, and professional standard coaching. All these players’ hotels and food are paid for as well (Hadaway). These college athletes learn teamwork, leadership, loyalty, hard work, and communication while playing college sports (Hadaway). All these things are vital in the real world. About 7% of high school athletes go on to play college sports. Only 2 % make it to Division I colleges (Anderson). That’s 2 people for every 100 athletes. The experience these athletes get are incredible and rare. Every child dreams of play college sports. When college sports are played it’s because one loves the game, not because one’s making a profit (Anderson). These college athletes also get special exceptions and lenience on their grades and test. They miss at least half of school, and still make A’s and B’s. Being college athletes get a first class ticket to the whole college experience, they should not be getting paid.
When thought out, paying college athletes would benefit the athletes, but not the schools themselves. Rashad McCants, a former basketball player, said,”You’re not there to get an education. You’re there to make revenue for the college. You’re there to put fans in the seats. You’re there to bring prestige to the university by winning games.”(Labaton). This makes sense. If one goes to college to play sports, he doesn’t care about school. Being college athletes don’t get paid, it’s always said to be unfair because any other college student can get a job to make money. College athletes can’t get a job because they spend countless hours practicing, playing and traveling for games (Anderson). The proposed solution to paying college athletes is a salary cap, meaning each player only receives so much money. A salary cap would favor schools with more money, but it’s the best and fairest way to play college athletes right now (Labaton).
College athletes should not be paid. Even though they help benefit their schools capital wise, these athletes should not be rewarded with money. Many smaller sports would be terminated due to playing college athletes. The unfairness and budget would also be a problem when considering to play college athletes. These athletes already get great treatment and money would top it off, but their benefaction is not worth money. Paying college athletes is not what college sports need or want. Let’s work together and make sure college athletes don’t get paid.