This ongoing discussion regarding the profit of college sports and their players has reached no current progress, however a future decision will soon be made.
Let’s take a look at both sides of the argument:
Pay the College Athletes
Just because the athletes are younger, why should they not get reimbursed for doing the same job as that of an NFL or NBA player? The NCAA works their players, similar to a job, extremely difficultly while additionally expecting them to engage in school classes. By this, college sports should be similar to an internship; the student athlete should attend college and get paid for their outside work, sports. Many college players are willing to sacrifice their education for a chance to play in their respective professional league. If the athletes are paid in college, there will be less of an incentive to leave schooling in hopes of the big money.
Additionally, college athletes gain the same publicity and criticism as those in the professional league, exemplifying how the younger players should be given the same treatment of payment with those who are older. Also, college debt is a major issue in the country, and minimizing the money that students owe after college through athletics, may be a solution. Lastly, college is a profitable business which heavily relies on athletics for money. Although the student athletes can receive scholarships, they should be paid to be recognized for their hard work and money that they make for the colleges.
Do not Pay the College Athletes
Equality between college and professional athletes hypothetically makes sense, however it is essential to recognize that schooling should be placed as a priority above athletics. College players are called student athletes because of the educational side of the business. If money is involved, students will begin to not focus on learning and instead only care about their sport, disregarding life after sports. As evidence, the brain is not fully developed until around the age of 25. Trusting college students with money in general appears as an issue waiting to happen. Secondly, it is unfair for those who have athletic talent to be paid while others who could have an talent in the arts be left without payment. This argument only spurs more debate and discussion about treating any person in college with fairness and respect.
College athletes should not be worried about making money as professional leagues have plenty of wealth to spread around. Sports are an incredibly lucrative business with the average NBA athlete making 5.15 million dollars per year. Even if you do not play basketball, the MLB and NHL pay players 3.2 million and 2.4 million each year respectively. To put that into perspective, a teacher makes approximately 55 thousand dollars yearly. Money is so large in the professional leagues that college athletes can be perfectly successful without receiving a paycheck.
My Response: Attempting to change the rigid current policy of athletes not receiving money seems extremely difficult to alter. However, if the rule were to change, the athletes should be making little profit, while various, other branches of college students, such as the arts, should be encouraged seek payment as well.