Should College Athletes Get Paid?
Every year one of the most lucrative sporting events happens from the middle of March to the beginning of April. This event is called March Madness. March Madness is when the best sixty-eight college basketball teams come together and play for one goal: the National Championship. Even though this event is so lucrative, the athletes are not receiving any money for participating, which many people think is unfair. The question of if college athletes should get paid or not is a very large debate in the sports community right now. I will argue that college athletes should not get paid.
Many people will say that college athletes should get paid because they think that all the money the athletic program receives goes to a bunch of guys in suits like a company or something. This is not the case. When a program receives money, it goes right back into the athletic program so the program can be made better. This money will make facilities better, hire better coaches, and make travel more comfortable for the athletes.
Another reason why college athletes should not get paid is because the logistics of paying collegiate athletes would not work. Basketball and Football are generally the only sports making money for an athletic program. So if college athletes were to be paid, would you pay just the sports that are making money or all sports? When you start giving money to college athletes you run into the problem of who should and deserves to get paid and how much should they get paid. This question is a big reason for why college athletes should not get paid.
One more problem with college athletes getting paid is that the universities just do not have the money for it. According to USA Today, only seven Division 1 athletic programs did not receive subsidy money. Not many athletic programs end up making more money than they spend. Athletes will go to the few schools that make a lot of money on athletics because they can pay them more than the schools who do not make money on athletics. Instead of athletes asking the question what program fits me the best, they will be asking the question who can pay me the most money.
College athletics need to stay amateur because it will not work to pay college athletes. Also, it is not like college athletes get nothing for what they do, many of them get all of their college paid for by scholarships. A free education is a big deal because as all of us know, college is not cheap. College athletics do bring in a lot of money but because of logistics and the fact that not all programs make money, college athletes should not get paid.
Reference: Berkowitz, Steve, Jodi Upton, and Erik Brady. “Most NCAA Division I Athletic Departments Take Subsidies.” USAToday.com. N.p., 1 July 2013. Web. 18 May 2016.
By Charlie Watkins
Charlie Watkins is a senior in high school and plays both basketball and baseball. He has always had a huge interest in sports, and plans to study Sports Management in college next year. Charlie hopes to become an Athletic Director for a Division 1 University some day.