Are college sports an extracurricular activity or a job? The argument to pay college athletes has increased in the last few years. Some say athletes have a full time job and deserve to be paid since they are over-scheduled with many school-related activities. College athletes should not be paid because it is a privilege to play a sport for a college.
Athletes receive a full scholarship for their participation in a college sport. In his article
about the pros and cons of paying college athletes, Dennis Johnson, a writer for The Sport
Journal, explains that full scholarships can be expensive since most of them range between
$30,000 and $200,000. Dennis Johnson mentions, "Student-athletes do cost the university a
substantial amount of money each year"(Johnson and Acquaviva np). Some athletes do not appreciate the gift of a scholarship given to them and wish for a salary instead. William Casement of Naples, a former philosophy professor, states, "Athletes are fortunate that they received their degrees or made substantial process toward it while competing athletically"(Casement and Haug np). Craig Greenlee, a free-lance sports journalist, claims, "The scholarship does not include spending money allowance to help cover incidental expenses such as laundry or bath items"(Greenlee 62). Why should student athletes receive spending money when students with academic scholarships do not even expect to get spending money. Athletes complain about not getting a salary for the sport they participate in, but they do not realize that education acts as another form of payment.
It would be too expensive to pay all college athletes. Dennis Johnson, a free-lance writer,
exposes most Division II sports drain athletic budgets and do not make a profit. He explains that
football and men's basketball programs are the only Division I sports that make money(Johnson and Acquaviva np). Dennis Johnson reveals, "Forcing athletic departments to pay its football and basketball players would result in the eventual elimination of most, if not all, of the non-revenue sports"(Johnson and Acquaviva np). Would it be fair if we pay athletes who are in sports that make a profit, while we eliminate non-revenue sports. Sports such as baseball, soccer, track, etc. would be eliminated from college sport departments. Bob Logan, writer for the Daily Harold, explains, "The day when college athletes start getting salaries is the day when college games become something we can't afford. And that has nothing to do with ticket prices"(Logan 4). The problems will begin with college athletes getting paid, then the...