We know that sports are a big deal in American culture; that much is obvious. Professional athletes earn millions of dollars, and the teams they play for are incredible economic boons to the areas where they are situated. Perhaps even more, college athletics — particularly at large schools like the University of Michigan and Michigan State University (and, of course, my beloved University of Alabama) — are even bigger contributors to a local economy. But college athletes aren’t paid. Yes, some are on full-ride scholarships, while others are walk-on members of a football or basketball team, for example.
There has been a debate about whether college athletes should receive a salary since, at the very heart of it, they are the ones who are drawing fans to the stadiums and putting butts in the seats. Some argue they should receive a small salary in addition to their tuition-free education. Others say the education is enough. But I want to know what you think.
So here’s the question: Should college athletes be paid? Why or why not? Incorporate information from one outside source in your response and provide a link to that source in the response, as well.
Your 150-200 word response is due by class time on Friday, Nov. 18.