13 Nov

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.


13 Responses to “QUESTION OF THE WEEK – WEEK 11”

  1. GInger Minock November 15, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    Upno long consideration of this, I think that college athletes should not be paid, They chose to be on the football team to get a college education. THey are saving themselves and their parents thousands of dollars in student loans by getting scholarships.. If it wasn’t for them playing these sports probley 50% of them wouldn’t receive an education at all. The next thing you know we will say we need to pay our high school star athletes. Not to mention the money they make from those ticket sales keeps their sports available and their education in tact.. With paying them that will take away the money that pays for their scholarships… I 100% believe that they should not be paid.

  2. Norm Vernier November 17, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Paying college students for playing on school teams is a bad idea for several reasons.
    First college athletes are already generously rewarded for their participation in the forms of scholarships. Athletes get a free college education, room and board, books, sports gear of all forms, fees, and the best medical care that money can buy. Isn’t that payment enough?
    Second, paying student athletes-would cost the school to much money that they would be forced to field fewer athletic teams, depriving many more students a chance to play sports.
    Colleges are created for one reason-to give students a chance to continue their education and become qualified to enter the workforce. Sports are not a reason colleges are in this world.
    Getting a college education is a serious pursuit for students who want to learn, not a pasttime that has to be endured in order to play college football.
    Finally, student-athletes should not be paid because they are students, not employees, and should be allowed to feel like students while they’re still in college.

  3. Julie Blattler November 18, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    I do not think college athletes should get paid. Firstly, they are already saving thousands of dollars from their scholarships. Their housing, tuition, books, and meals are being paid for. Secondly, they’re still students. I think that if they want to be professionals and get paid, they should work hard enough to become professional. They’re already getting a free ride, they don’t need to get paid on top of that. So many people are struggling to be able to pay to go to a university to get a higher education and college athletes want more money on top of getting a free education. I don’t think that’s fair. The opposing side argues that college athletes bring revenue to the schools so they should be rewarded. High school athletics do the same thing but there’s isn’t a debate on whether high school kids get paid. It should be reward enough to get a full ride to a university so you can play the sport you love. You shouldn’t then get paid for it.

  4. Sean Williams November 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    In addition to the free ride education, college athletes should be given a small salary on par with the local cost of living projections for their local area. This is because they are taking a large chunk of their time to play sports for their school and devoting much of their mental and physical prowess to the scholl’s success. This means that these students have less time and energy to put towards their academic pursuits. More time on the road and more time on the practice field mean less time for studying and certainly no time for a part time job. Of course, most of them are already getting scholarships for their effort, so they shouldn’t get anywhere near the pay of professional athletes, but they should get the same amount that a regular student with a part time job should make.

  5. Chad Koenig November 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    In absolutely no way should college athletes be paid. They get a full ride and free room and board. Some college athletes are given personal tutors. In addition, they are practically worshiped on campus. The most important of the reasons they should not get paid is that they have a venue to showcase their talents. Gifted athletes are able to parlay their college career into a very successful professional one. Most athletes are not able to do this without participating in college athletics first. I understand that the schools make tons of money off of these kids but they are also providing these athletes with a free education that anybody would love to have. I think it is ridiculous to even consider it. College is about learning and finding yourself, not about making money. It makes me sick when universities spend millions of dollars updating their practice facilities instead of spending the money on what a universities’ primary goal should be, to teach.

  6. Derek Delap November 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    I don’t think that college athletes should be paid. Everybody has to take one for the team, when it comes to paying for college tuition. Finacial aid and scholarships only get the average student so far. Large students loans are often a necessity, when it comes to paying your way through college. All these athletes have to do is play a sport to whipe out the thousands of dollars of debt that most students face. Acording to playing college football does not only provide for college costs but also gives them a chance at becoming professional football players.

  7. Eunishia Hooks November 18, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    It’s 50/50 with me, student-athletes receive more than enough compensation through their awarded scholarships. But paying students would alleviate problems related to illegal payments. It would provide athletes an incentive to stay in school and complete their degree programs instead of leaving for professional leagues. I think they should be awarded for their hard work and the revenue they bring to their college and universities. College students are being exploited by their schools which make millions off of intercollegiate athletics while student-athletes at times are not able to afford ding, entertainment, and even some educational expenses. Some people assume that scholarship award should end any financial trouble a student-athlete may have, this is an inaccurate assumption. Athletic schloarships in reality are not usually plentiful enough to supporrt the entire team.

  8. Cora Grimaldi November 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    I Many would think college athletes should not get paid because some of the players have a full scholarship to go to the school, which is great, but I think they should also get paid on top of that. These athletes devote all their time and effort into these sports. An athlete’s day would consist of school full time, and practicing for the night, for a big game on the weekend. That is not much time for the most important thing they should be focusing on, school work. I believe it is not fair they get paid because college sports teams as just as popular, if not more, as famous sports teams. Famous sportsmen get paid thousands of dollars, as where college students don’t get paid a cent, and have busier lives. College students need the money to pay for food, but don’t have time to work, even though they are bringing in all the business from fans, including those from out of town. I’m not saying they should get paid thousands of dollars, i think they should be able to get paid a small amount.

  9. Alex Duenas November 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I do not believe College students should be paid for their sporting activities and entertainment for the college. I do not believe that “professional” sports should be a high paying activity as well. In most colleges players are being awarded scholarships for their playing their respective sports and in my opinion, that seems to be enough payment they should be getting. Sports in my opinion as an entertainment (I’m not including taking part in playing a sport, merely just watching for a means of entertainment) is useless. It may help stimulate and economy to some degree but otherwise useless. It does not help cure cancer, it does not help solve economic problems, and in many circumstances can even start rivalries. All in all I believe that the amount of publicity and scholarships university athletes receive today is plenty. The next question would be do professional athletes deserve to be paid such high amounts.

  10. Mark Ryan Beyer November 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    I think that college athletes should be paid depending on their position and status. This is a hard question because all the variables that are involved. I believe sports such as football and hockey this is a definite yes because of injury. I think that the first two years of college they should not get paid. I believe they should be scouted by a professional team by their sophomore year to determine this factor. This would be a big change for the college sports world. We all have seen this happen illegally over and over again anyway. This would possibly help college sports weed out all the illegal problems they have now with illegally paying players to come to “their” selected school. I have personally lost a lot of love for college sports because of such scandels. I am always waiting for the next college sports scandel story to break, the way things remain. Something needs to change that’s for sure…

  11. Kevin Paredes November 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    Hell no, college athletes shouldn’t get paid for playing. Their paid tuitions and scholarships is enough of a payment. Their amateur entertainers at best. Providing college athletes with a salary is like treating them as professionals, completely screwing the point of a college athlete. While they provide plenty of attention for the colleges and universities, it still doesn’t mean they should be paid for being a college celebrity.

  12. Misty Dowlan November 18, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Im going to go with no on this one! Most, if not all college athletes are there on some sort of scholarship anyway, isnt that enough? “Student-athletes are students first and athletes second. They are not university employees who are paid for their labor (”
    Would tuition be raised for other student’s attending that college/university to help support the athletes? Would athletes strike if they didnt receive what they wanted for compensation? These are just a couple questions that came to my mind when I was reading your question. Its kind of enfuriating that people would even consider this.

  13. Matt Knedgen November 19, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    I believe college athletes should not be paid, the the full-ride scholarship is enough. If they got paid, they would just end up like the pros. The pros get paid way too much, and if their salary gets lowered then they start whining and complaining about it, because everyone knows that a million dollars a year is not as good as twenty million a year. So I believe the college athletes would end up like the pro athletes, not by getting to the pros, but acting like them and getting filled with greed. But I guess if the salaries were at a decent pay, then it probably would not be that big of a deal then.

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