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Should or Shouldn’t Student Athletes Get Paid?

Leilani Bradley, Contributor

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The debate on whether or not college athletes should get paid became a big discussion in my AVID class. We had many people arguing. Also when I went home, my family and I were watching a game and they were talking about it, so this topic is very important and controversial in sports right now.

It’s kind of hard to make a decision because they are many good reasons why or why not a student athlete should get paid. When you research reasons why or why not a student athlete should get paid it’s kind of hard to decide. Here are some reasons why they should and should not be paid.

Yes student athletes should get paid:

  1. College athletes put their bodies on the line each game they play.
  2. They have to miss class when they have a game.
  3. These student athletes bring in an incredible amount of money.
  4. Paying students would only make the sport more competitive.
  5. Student athletes do not have time to work, so they can’t get any money for themselves.
  6. Students make the school prestigious by winning and generating money.

No student athletes should not get paid:

  1. Education first.
  2. Less money for scholarships
  3. Schools worry about workers’ comp.
  4. Don’t finish school
  5. People can get over their heads if they start earning money.
  6. Students get distracted by the sport and the money, fall behind in school work.

In my opinion, as a student athlete myself, I personally think that students should get paid. They may have everything else paid for, like housing and training, but what about money for everything else they need? For example, if they want to buy new clothes or shoes or need more toothpaste or something, they need pocket money to by it.

 

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