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College Athletes Should be Paid

There has been a lot of disagreement on whether college athletes should get paid. Some people argue that college athletes don’t have time therefore should get paid, while others contend that they already get enough by not paying for tuition to attend college. However the reasonable route would to pay them because they spend thousands of hours perfecting their craft, while running a risk of losing their scholarship if they get injured or perform bad in school through all this they play each game like its their last bringing in billions of dollars for the NCAA while they get zero of it.

Every athlete is vulnerable to injuries that can affect them for the rest of their lives. Depending on the degree of the injury, the athlete may not be able to play a sport anymore and run a risk of losing their scholarship. When an athlete gets hurt its very rare for them to get back to same level they were before, for college athletes once they get hurt and start perform bad they get put to the side leaving someone else to take their place. Knee injuries alongside with concussions, broken or dislocated bones are common types of injuries that may be career ending. All these knee problems that they sustain are permanent and the brain damage that they receive from the brain damage already irreversible. How are these athletes supposed to pay for the medical expenses after college? Sure if they make it pro they are set they have everything they could possible want. But that’s the very lucky few, when the scholarship is over and you have received zero education because all your time and effort was dedicated the game you love, how then are they supposed to go on with live? They would now have to pay for college out of their own pockets, and some even get into massive debt. But if they were paid and didn’t go pro at least they would have something to fall back on. Overall the NCAA is only using college athletes for their talents and skills alongside with promotion of schools. There is always going to be an upside and downside to this. Surely something has to change. Training for forty five hours a week trying to perfect your craft is hard and on top of that maintaining good grades and striving for quality education is even more difficult when you are a college athlete. Growing up we are taught to reward each other for our hard work, but college athletes train for endless hours yet receive no pay. People say that they are not employees but they put in the time, work and effort that any normal working person would. There are college athletes that are labeled as the “one and done athletes” who get no academic foundation and if they get hurt they are in big trouble.

According to the New York Times article, Dexter Manley was a college athlete who was able to obtain Oklahoma State University and he played there for four years and saw a lot of success. But after he was drafted into the NFL people came to realise that he was illiterate. How is someone going to go through all four years of college and come out illiterate? That is rank and absolute exploitation; he was just there just because of his athletic abilities. Colleges’ whole point of existence is to educate people not to take advantage of them. Someone has to setup and something has to be done because if this continues,it’s just going to get worse.

College athletes should get paid because the NCAA makes a profit of over millions of dollars off the athletes in so many different ways. All the workers get paid because of the athletes, they are the ones who generate all the money. They work so hard and someone else benefits of their hard work. According to NCAA revenue break down, the NCAA makes an annual profit of approximately seventy five million dollars just off television contracts, not counting the ticket sales, jersey sales and what happens if you win the championship.

College athletes are prohibited from working, or selling their own merchandise and trying to get something of their success because that’s how the NCAA makes their profit, which is completely absurd because you cannot seriously push someone to the limit and not reward them. College coaches get paid based on how well their team performs and that is why they push their athletes so hard. If athletes are going to get pushed to the limit they should surely receive at least a tiny bit of the revenue that they bring in.

The NCAA feeds of the athletes’ success, by all means necessary let us also think of the athletes as people with needs and reward them for their time, effort and hardwork. College athletes should get paid disregard what others say. They should be paid because without them there would be no NCAA. While the NCAA makes millions of dollars of these kids, they should be wise and know where their money and profit comes from. A car cannot move without a drive and the NCAA cannot function without the athletes. Every one performs better when their happy and it is up to the NCAA to keep them happy.

My best regards to the troubled athletes.

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