Why College Athletes Should Get Paid
According to Forbes writer, B. David Ridpath, the average college athlete spends roughly 34 per week working on their craft. Whether college athletes should be paid or not is a completely gray area that no one has yet to solve yet (Ridpath). However, many college athletes put their heart and soul into their athletics, maintaining a steady GPA in the classroom to be eligible to participate in their sports. So, college athletes do what non-athlete students do, as well as attend school like them, but do not receive any rewards for their efforts?
Also, college institutions are bringing in enormous amounts of profit from these athletic events, but not repaying the athletes back for essentially bringing in the revenue. In Cork Gaines’ article on the Business Insider, the National Collegiate Athletic Association brought in roughly a billion dollars in revenue per year (Gaines). Also, both The University of Texas and Texas A&M brought in roughly 180 million dollars in sports revenue.
So, after all of this time that athletes put into becoming great at their respective sports, and the NCAA and college institutions profiting big on their efforts, the athletes still do not receive a dime? Some individuals may argue that athletes get their tuition paid for, and that is how they are paid back for their efforts. However, not every student-athlete is paid in-full to compete in athletics. In fact, the NCAA states that only about 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded some form of athletics scholarship to compete in college. Barely any high school athletes are given funds to compete at the collegiate level. So, many of these athletes who are in college are giving up extra time and effort, while colleges and the NCAA benefits off of their performances, whether in ticket sails, ad revenue, etc. This is extremely unfair to the athlete.
One can simply compare collegiate athletics to peasantry. In the 18th and 19th century in France, many peasants served simply due to their current circumstance, and serving others was the only thing that they were good at. Likewise, athletes often attend college to either take a step toward the next-level, or to attend college. Similarly, peasants often were rewarded and were able to improve their social status with good performance, and hard work. Obviously, the circumstances are not as harsh and athletes are treated well, but the comparison was made to show how one harsh reality can relate to a current situation at hand.
As a three-time 4a Washington state champion for Curtis High School, I know the work and time that one needs to put in to achieve greatness, and it takes a lot. Throughout the college recruiting process, I have been able to experience the process and the ways in which the NCAA works. Many strive for a full ride scholarship and for college to be completely paid for, but it is really rare for athletes to obtain them. Many athletes are left to provide for themselves, as well as maintain good grades in school, and achieve greatness on the court, on the field, or on the mat. I feel as if athletes should be rewarded for all that they sacrifice and produce for their universities.
College athletes should be paid for participating in college athletics. Colleges and universities bring in so much revenue from sporting events, that athletes should have the opportunity to reap some of the benefits. Athletes put themselves through tireless hours of training, and hours studying in the classroom to put on a show for their fans. So, athletes should be paid and benefit from their hard work as well.