Jason Jiao English Ill, P. 2 Phyllis Cadres May 16, 2014 Not Paying College Athletes 2 Abstract In recent years, many people debate whether college athletes should be paid or not. This debate has gone on for many years and soon it will be solved. This paper will talk about the negative effects of paying college athletes and the benefits they are already receiving from their schools. This paper compares student life and college athlete life.
This paper talks about how college athletes live the life of fame. Many argue that universities bring in millions from these athletes hard work. This paper identify how much universities really make and how much is actually profitable. With many negative effect of paying college athletes, the suggestion of not paying them for the athletic abilities is an ongoing debate. Not Paying College Athletes 3 Imagine a free education, traveling around the world, and not even have to worry about large debts after college. This is the life of a college athlete. Paying college athletes has been a hot topic in the sports world.
While college athletes are serving of this money because of the many sacrifices they make to play, college athletes should not be paid for their athletic abilities. Paying college athletes has many effects and can change many things. By paying college athletes, their efforts in their sports will not be as high. Athletes are being paid by receiving an education that many people cannot afford. There are many other perks of being a college athlete. They get free medical treatment, they get to travel around the world, and lastly, they get the fame and publicity that superstars get.
Many schools make a lot f money from the athletic programs but at the end of the day it is still not enough to profit from. College athletes do not need to be paid with the money they are receiving from their academic scholarships. A typical athletic scholarship for one year can value at around $20$50,000 dollars. That doesn’t even include the medical and traveling expenses they receive. College athletes receive free books, housing and medical treatment too. The college also provides athletes with educational benefits. The college provides many other benefits outside of school that some regular students can only imagine.
First off college athletes get to travel around the world. Not Paying College Athletes 4 This year, the universities of Michigan and Connecticut both got to open their basketball season in Germany. Seven universities got to travel to Hawaii and start their season, and some even go to the Bahamas. With all this traveling, the expenses are paid for by the schools. College athletes receive enormous amount of publicity. They are exposed through the media and will have pro scouts flocking to them. These same college athletes also have armies of tutors to help them stay eligible through the season.
These are some of the benefits that normal students on academic scholarships don’t receive. One of the greatest benefits that college athletes receive is the debt free life after college (The case against paying college athletes, n. D. ). Most college students spend years paying off their college debts. The average college debt in the nation is around $29,400 dollars per student (Ellis, 2013). College athletes get many sponsorships through the schools from athletic companies such as Nikkei or Aids. Adding the cost of shoes, Jersey, and equipment, the average value of this is around $7,000$1 5,000 ( The case against eying college athletes, n. . ). College athletes paying for their schools is their way of paying back. Though college athletes life are Just as stressful as a students. One of the biggest problems of paying college athletes is that no athletes would ever be paid equally. If there was no salary cap for paying athletes, coaches could go out and pay athletes outrageous amounts. Sure, people can make the Not Paying College Athletes 5 argument that college athletes are basically working a full time Job. Though their payment from the college is playing the sports they love.
While talking about sports and emotions, paying college athletes would only take away the “emotional” part of the sports. Most people watch college sports rather than professional sports is because of the emotional part. People adore athletes that work hard and try every time they are out competing. If college athletes were paid, they would not give all their efforts. They would slack off knowing they could Just receive a paycheck at the end of the day. With that college athletes take for granted what they have. In recent studies, only 7% of high school students go on to become college athletes.
With that college athletes are living the dream, because with those percentages not many people can go on playing the sports they love (Doorman 2013). In fact college athletes train with some of the most elite coaches in the world. Mike Skuzzier is one the most renowned coaches in the sports world. Skewers is the winnings coach in college basketball history. He has coached the gold medal USA basketball team. College athletes get to work with people like Skuzzier which is a great honor. Though elite coaching is not the only thing universities offer. College universities offer the college life.
College students can attend concerts, hear lectures by prominent people, use the school’s pristine training facilities. This not only include students, but the college athletes was well. One thing that is usually Not Paying College Athletes 6 overlooked is the high profile names of the schools they are playing for and the dedicated fan base. It’s true about what they say “you play for the name on the front of the Jersey, not the back. ” Keep in mind that college athletes are students first and athletes second (Point/Counterpoint, n. D. ). The NCAA brings a annual $871. 6 million dollars from college athletics.
Although it is a big amount, the NCAA is still a nonprofit organization. Ninety six percent of the money made by the NCAA is redistributed back to schools. Though the universities itself are not rolling around in money. College football and college basketball bring in the most revenue for schools. With that being said, money from these sports are not enough to be distributed thoroughly for every sport. Last year in 2012, only 23 of the 228 college division one programs were profitable (The case against paying college athletes, n. D. ). Ohio State University and Louisiana University re two schools that have been profitable.
They both are some of the biggest college sports schools in the nation. It only takes $22 million dollars to pour back into Ohio State to rebalanced their budget. They would still have enough to pay college athletes, though small schools like Western Kentucky would not have a chance. Western Kentucky spends $5. 6 million dollars in granting. It takes $8. 6 million dollars to balance the budget for school. No way will they be able to pay players. Money would be a huge problem if we paid college athletes. Schools like Not Paying College Athletes 7 Florida, Kentucky, Duke all are well known names in college sports.
They are bigger school compared to Tulsa University or University of Akron. If college athletes played at bigger schools they would more likely make more money off merchandise and endorsements than smaller schools (S. ,2013). We as a nation have rooted for the underdogs in sports. If we paid college athletes schools would recruit the best and teams that are unknown will never get the publicity like they used too. One thing college athletes take for granted is the education. Many athletes coming into college see college as place to improve and make it professionally.
Though that is true, the percentages of college athletes becoming professionals are slim to none. In both men’s basketball and football, only two percent of kids actually make it to the pros (Manfred, 2012). Tying in the publicity and chances of making it professionally, college athletes still get a great deal. In recent studies, the associated press contacted twenty three football players that played in the Southeastern Conference for college football. Half of them replied they never made it the National Football League, though from the publicity given from the school they landed other Jobs.
Many school alumni would be interested in hiring these college athletes for the pride of their alma mater. Joe Holland is one of the players to never make it. Holland attended the University of Michigan as linebacker for the football team in 1988. He never made it to pros. He did however due to his Not Paying College Athletes 8 popularity land him a Job at an internet software company. The guy that hired him was a Michigan alumni. Though the life of a college athlete is controversial, at the end of the day they are getting more than what they deserve through the school they are playing for. College athletes being paid is a trending topic.
College are not getting paid, but they are getting paid through scholarships and benefits. College athletes are being paid through education which scholarships can cost up to $120,000. They get to travel around the world and get publicity. The chances of playing a college sports after high school are not high. College athletes get to practice and learn from elite coaches. Students know the deal when they sign their letter of intent. They are obliged to the university that they will attend the university and play for that school. In exchange the school provides the student with education, housing, meal plans ND many other treatments.
While college athletes are deserving of this money because of the many sacrifices they made to play, College athletes should not be paid for their athletic abilities. Life of a college athletes is hard but being paid is outrageous. With many benefits that the school provides from free education to medical expenses are great. Asking to be paid is Just too much. College athletes should feel blessed to be playing the sport they love for another four years or more. Not Paying College Athletes 9 References Arguments against paying college athletes and why they’re all wrong. N. D. ).