Should College Athletes Get Paid?

Should College Athletes Get Paid?

The NCAA generated over $845 billion last year due to their player’s ability to entertain and perform to full extent of their abilities. Their performance is what puts fans in the stands, and makes them purchase jerseys, hats, and anything that these athletes have. These athletes don’t get paid because the NCAA doesn’t want them to!
Being a NCAA Division I scholarship athlete means you can not work while on scholarship. They can’t go get a job at a fast food restaurant or on campus through the universities. They don’t want the players to cash in on their athletic ability or receive any special treatment because they play sports. But isn’t that just what the NCAA is doing? They’re selling out stadiums, selling jersey’s and anything they can make money on. These athletes received education, room and board and meals from these colleges but this is not close to being enough. I received a athletic scholarship and I was broke. I didn’t have any money at all and could not get a job to earn any. Coming from a low income family getting a free education is great, but what about the normal college life? Going out to a movie or ordering a pizza with friends, these are things that many athletes don’t have money for.
Almost on a daily basis college athletes from Reggie Bush to Terrell Pryor, received what the NCAA call
improper benefits. They went as far to make Reggie Bush give his Heisman Trophy back. They say that this has put a black eye on college sports. But, are these athlete that cash in on benefits ahead of the game? Making Reggie Bush give back the Heisman Trophy did nothing but try to make the NCAA look good. Everybody still remembers he won it, and was the best player in college football that year. Terrell Pryor and several Ohio State athletes were suspended for receiving free tattoos. It’s not just football players basketball players do the same thing. O.J. Mayo, when at the University of Southern California, also received improper benefits. When the NCAA found out, he was already in the NBA. The only people that get hurt when they get caught are the players still at the university. The only question that I have is how much should these athletes be paid. You can’t pay all athletes like you pay football and basketball players, because for the most part, they don’t bring in as much to the university as other sports do. I don’t ever see the NCAA sharing their fortunes with the athletes that help them make it. Can you say big business.