Analysis: Why College Athletes Should Not Be Paid

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William He
Mrs. Murr-Pinsker
English 8, Period 6
13 March 2017
College Athletes Should Not be Paid Imagine a college athlete making money for the school. What happens next? The school funds more athletes and the college athletic programs give out more rewards. Gradually, the school is going to make more money than the college athletic programs. Is that the point of college sports? Clearly, college sports is to make the athletes go into their sports and enjoy their sport, but if college athletes are making money for schools, they’re going into making money for their school, in other words, for themselves. College athletes should not be paid because the vicious circle of athletes making money to schools becoming rich and athletic programs give
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According to, “College athlete programs cannot afford to pay college athletes” (Anderson). Considering the fact that “there is a lot of money coming into some college athletic program, [but] there is just as much money going out” (Anderson), it is reasonable that college athletes should not be paid - where does the money come from? More specifically, who instead of college athlete programs will pay them? Moreover, you can’t just simply pay every college athlete in the same sport the same amount, because it’ll be unfair. Consider this example: what if an athlete “works” really hard and gets the same amount as the other “workers” that don’t “work” as hard, or if an athlete that almost doesn’t “work” at all but gets more pay than the regular …show more content…
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