Why College Athletes Should Be Paid?
Marc, Justin, and William, who are all authors of articles that speak about athletic sports, discuss reasons why college athletes should be paid. Although some people disagree, most believe they should. Many reasons are discussed on why college athletes should be paid, but I would only like to focus on a few. The three major reasons I believe they deserve to be paid are; the school makes money off of the players, the athletes spend a majority of their time on the field, and they risk their health every time they practice or compete.
I have a few friends who play, have played, or are planning to play sports in college. I know how hard some of them work to maintain their grades while spending close to forty hours a week on the field. Whether it’s practicing or playing the game, they both take a tremendous amount of effort and time.
Why should these college athletes spend more time on the field than the average American works a week, and not get paid for it?
According to journalist Justin Pope, college athletes has a rule of a twenty hour per week limit. However many athletes spend twice as much time per week on athletic activities. Justin Pope quotes, “In the NCAA survey, players in the top division reported spending five hours more per week on football than on academics” (Pope). Most college athletes consider themselves more an athlete than a student. That being said, I believe they should be rewarded with payment, and I’m talking about more than just scholarship money. The NCAA Athletes Work Long Hours, Survey States that:
One of the biggest concerns is out of season practices and what used to be summer vacations (Pope). In the NCAA survey, 70 percent of major college football players said they spent as much time or more in training or competing when they were out of season (Pope).
College athletes do not have time for a job because all of their time is taken up by the sport they play, which is a good reason why athletes should get paid.
Not only do athletes spend a majority of their time on the field, they also risk their health playing games and practicing all of the time. Columnist Gregg Doyel says, “It’s time to pay these guys:”
It’s one thing for them to sacrifice their free time to make a multimillionaire of their head coach. It’s something else for them to sacrifice their brains and bodies for the same cause. And to sacrifice so much for so little? That’s ghastly. Pay up, college football administrators. Pay up your players. Everyone pays a price for your sport-some more than others (Doyel).
I agree with Doyel. If athletes are going to risk getting injured and make their coaches and schools millions of dollars, then they should get paid as well.
According to Marc Edelman, “the college sports industry generates eleven billion dollars in annual revenues.” In “Should College Athletes be paid?”Edelman says they should be paid because they bring in so much money:
In 2011, NCAA members paid their association president, Marc Emmert 1.7 million dollars. Head football coaches at the forty-four NCAA Bowl Championship Series schools received on average 2.1 million dollars in salaries. The highest public employee in forty out of fifty U.S. states is the state university’s head football or basketball coach. At the University of Alabama, the head football coach, Nick Seban, recently signed a contract paying him seven million dollars per year- more than one hundred and sixty times the average wage of a Tuscaloosa public school teacher (Edelman).
Why should athletes do all of the work to bring in the money to the school and coaches, but have to live in poverty themselves?
Athletes work tremendously hard and bring others a great amount of money, so yes college-student athletes deserve a payment to help support them as an individual.
Doyel, Gregg. “College football players risk their brains, too, so it’s time to pay them. Cbssports.com. CBS Sports Magazine. May 2012. Web. 29 April 2014.
Edelman, Marc. “Should College Students-Athletes Be Paid?” U.S. News Digital Weekly. 5.52 (2013): 17. Academic Search Complete. Web. 29 April 2014.
Pope, Justin. “NCAA Athletes Work Long Hours, Survey Says.” Diverseeducation.com. Diverse Newspaper, Sept. 2009. Web. 29 April 2014.