Autumns Dick Essay

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College athletics have been questioned for more than a decade on multiple scenarios. The most recent topic that has come up is whether or not college athletes should be paid. There is a lot of information that shows that there are multiple different reasons why a college athlete should be compensated. However, the NCAA will not budge in their belief that a college athlete is a student first and an athlete second. The NCAA says “Student-athletes are not employees, and their participation in college sports is voluntary.”(NCAA Declares, 2014) While there may be reasons on why college athletes should be compensated, I believe the NCAA is correct and that college athletes shouldn’t be paid. In my ...view middle of the document...

I would even argue that college athletes are provided more than needed due to all of the things that they are provided each and every year at any given college or university.
Education is the number one reason why college athletes are attending school. The reason I say this is because “the median income for a millennial college graduate, the survey says, is typically around $45,500, compared to $28,000 for a high school graduate.”(Despite Cost, 2014) For a scholarship college athlete, this income is all theirs compared to a regular student. The NCAA notes that “the average college student graduates with $35,200 in debt. Athletic scholarships offset these costs for student-athletes.”(The Value of, 2014) That is a pretty huge benefit for an athlete in the sense that right after college they do not owe anyone any money and the money that they make is all theirs. But this isn’t even all of what student-athletes receive from just on the student side. Student-athletes get priority registration. Yes, student-athletes must select classes around their selected sport. However, college athletes get to choose each and every class before every other student in that college or university. In my opinion everything that I have stated already is enough for why college athletes should not be paid. Yet, the college athlete still receives a lot more benefits on top of all of this.
The NCAA has recently expanded on one of its rules for student-athletes. This rule implies that “Division I schools can provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons.”(Council Approves, 2014) A college athlete now is given everything than any human being needs which is: food, a home, and an education. If a college athlete were to be paid “it is possible to argue that their full compensation package would run into the tens of thousands of dollars a year.”(Assessing, 2012) This would arguably be more than the average worker with a college degree. Not only is a college athlete given more than any regular student, but also, any regular human living in society.
From an athletic stand-point all an athlete truly needs is the players and the equipment to use for the sport that is being played. For student-athletes that are playing in today’s society they receive much more. Each and every college athlete is given their equipment to use for free. And if you attend a top university like the university of Notre Dame, you will receive top of the line equipment. Recently, “Notre Dame and Under Armour have agreed to a 10-year deal worth $90 million in cash.”(Under Armour Signs, 2014) Under Armour is a top apparel brand out there today and is going to provide these athletes with the best of the best. With schools out there being given $90 million dollars for their athletic programs, there can’t be much more given to these student athletes, right? Wrong! Student-athletes are making many complaints that they should be compensated for being college athletes because of...

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