Many people believe that NCAA athletes should be paid. Why? They say the students should be paid because it's a full time job and they have no time to earn money else where. According to Huffington Post, the average student athlete gets $25,000 in scholarships to play. The people that think the student athletes should get paid make a $25,000 scholarship seem bad. There are thousands of kids going to college that would kill for that kind of money. Here at the U of M, that would be a full ride scholarship. The money that these kids would have had to used to go out for tuition can now be used for food; $25,000 worth of food. On top of the scholarships, D1 programs receive free clothes and warm up gear that would cost a large sum of money to people who don't play. The student athletes also get tutoring for their classes that they don't pay for, they get top of the line trainers that they don't pay for, top of the line doctors for when they get an injury that they don't pay for and they get top of the line facilities that they don't pay for. All of those free things that other students would pay for adds up to quite a large sum. People also forget that student athletes chose to play these sports and possibly sacrifice their education and classes. Student athletes also choose to sign the letter of intent and they know what that says and what a sport entails. Also, there have been problems with student athletes in video games and not getting paid for their names in those games. I don't think that they should get paid for being on a video game because its also free publicity for your "stats" to be portrayed and for scouts to possibly see those stats. So in all, I do not believe student athletes should be paid.
Do you think student athletes should be paid? Why or why not?