Should College Athletes be Paid?
Over the past century college athletics have grown more popular than most professional sports. Most of its popularity is due to a large student body in addition to its Alumni, but nonetheless it has surpassed professional sports from its monetary success to its fan support. College athletics are also a very important commodity to Universities around the nation. Next to student's tuition, that's where the majority of the money comes from. No one is more responsible for bringing in that money more than the coach and his/her players. In this notion, one would think that such important people should be paid for a job well done. But this isn't the case. Over the years a question has emerged, should college athletes be paid? After all, college athletics is a job. Some coaches make more than professional coaches. Why shouldn't the players have a chance to do the same? In the article entitled, "Show them the Money", Mark Martinez argues why college athletes should be paid.
This is a very simple article for anyone to read. Anyone who is any type of sports fan may read this article and be able to understand Martinez's point of view. The logic of the argument is simple- College athletes should be paid for the work that they do. Martinez supports his argument by supplying information from; important figures the sports world may know (Steve Spurrier), and rules that continue to fuel his argument
that college athletes should be paid. For example, Martinez uses the "amateurism" argument from the NCAA to help explain why college officials would not allow college athletes to be paid, and to further support his argument as to why they should be paid.
Martinez also uses opponent's views to help support his. "Opponents of the play for play idea say that college-athletes should not be paid because through scholarships, they are already being paid" (Martinez). Using arguments such as this one helps Martinez expand his argument so that when he is through there are no aspects of his argument left unanswered.
To validate his argument,...