Paying College Athletes Essay

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Professor Miller
English 106
11 April 2008
Paying College Athletes

College sports have gained a lot of positive attention over the past couple of years due to the athletes’ passion and desire for the sports. Being nationally televised and making it deep into big tournaments can rack up a lot of wealth that colleges and universities can respectively cash in. Only the schools and sponsors of these profiting tournaments and bowl games collect the profits that athletes bring in and it is not fair. The athletes do not garner any benefits for the timeless hours and dedication they put into their sports. College athletes should be paid because they bring in an extensive amount of money and publicity to colleges and
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This not including the money made off of the athletes that are not covered by deserved scholarships. Because of the attention universities get from the athletes playing at these schools and the money they bring indirectly due to incoming students, athletes should receive compensation:
Consider the fact that various college sports produce millions of dollars for collegiate athletic programs, many people believe these athletes are being taken advantage of. If the average scholarship is worth $20,000 a year, but the university receives $70,000 a year in revenue per scholarship athlete, the university will profit $50,000 a year for each scholarship or in other words, $200,000 over a four year period (Riffle 1).
This is just another way athletes bring in money to their schools and also make money for them yet they still aren’t being catered to. Imagine that they are fifteen guys on a basketball team. $200,000 from each of them would accumulate three million dollars assuming they all stay for four years. These numbers would be greater for teams that have more players such as football. Athletes should be paid for the exposure they bring to universities.
Collegiate sports require a lot from players both physically and mentally which also takes up a lot of their time in their already busy lives and schedules. This prevents athletes from going out and