Have you heard of Zion Williamson? How about Deandre Ayton? These are famous athletes that are recognized around the world. It is fun to watch them play. They got full ride scholarships to play for their school. However, these facts have lead to the controversial topic whether amateur athletes should get paid or not. Many believe that amateur athletes should not get paid because it is a hobby and not a job. People argue that these amateur athletes got "paid" through their their scholarships and that should be enough. I strongly disagree. Amateur athletes should get paid additionally to their scholarships because it will allow them to help themselves and their families financially.
Athletes should get paid before they are professionals because it can help them prepare for the future financially and emotionally. According to Forbes, “College sports bring in well over $1 billion per year.” That means that these amateur athletes help bring revenue and popularity to a school. That is why amateur athletes should get paid additionally to their scholarships. The money that they would receive will not only benefit themselves, but it will be going to help out a lot of people like their family members.
A great example on why scholarships are not enough payment, is the uncertainty when playing sports. One injury can change everything. For example, what happens if a football player get full ride scholarship to a university to play football. This amateur athlete is a couple of weeks away from being drafted and getting paid millions of dollars. Then out of nowhere, he gets paralyzed from the neck down while playing a football game for his university. He can’t play football anymore and that means he can’t earn million of dollars for playing football. So he is paralyzed from the neck down without no money and leaves his family struggling to pay the medical bills. To fix this problem, they need to start paying the athletes before they turn professional, because they are guaranteed money to help out of their families without worrying about getting injured. Similar to Beartown when the hockey team lost its sponsors and there wasn't enough money to pay the coaches and players to be on their team. (Page 324)
Amateur athletes are taken advantage of and deserve to be compensated for their hard work while playing their sports. Amateur athletes give their high school or college world recognize. According to ESPN, “So you know what caused me to do a 180 on the issue? That $11 billion deal -- OK, it's $10.8 billion to be exact -- between the NCAA and CBS/Turner Sports for March Madness between 2011 and 2024.” These amateur athletes are not getting anything tangible from this gigantic deal. Without these athletes there would be no game, no revenue, no fame.
Amateur athletes should get paid additionally to their scholarships because it will allow them to help themselves and their families financially.
If amateur athletes got paid,“bigger schools like UCLA have more financial resources to get better athletes than smaller private schools like Hofstra University.This will ruin the fair competition between schools and will allow it to be a monopoly. Also in reality, less than 2% of college athletes in men and women turned pro. (ESPN) This means that these amateur athletes getting paid through scholarship is a smart decision. .
“College sports bring in well over $1 billion per year.”
However, I understand that paying all amateur athletes could be hard even impossible, but schools should compensate their athletes.If they did get paid, these athletes will be more motivated to play their best.They would know that the better they play, the better the pay will be. It will make their life easier, They could get paid through sponsorships, commercials, and from guest appearances.
The best college athletes in the two revenue-producing sports have always been worth much more than tuition, room, board and books. The best football and basketball players in the Big Ten have produced to the degree that a television network has become the model for every conference in America, a network worth at least tens of millions of dollars to the member institutions. Yet, no player can benefit from that work. The players have become employees of the universities and conferences as much as students -- employees with no compensation, which not only violates common decency but perhaps even the law. (ESPN)
In Beartown, the hockey team lost its sponsors and there wasn't enough money to pay the coaches and players to be on their team. (Page 324) The coach told Benji that they will not have enough money to pay him and the other players. (Page 324)
Without these athletes there would be no game, no revenue, no fame.
I understand that paying all amateur athletes could be hard even impossible, but schools should compensate their athletes. They would know that the better they play, the better the pay will be. It will make their life easier, They could get paid through sponsorships, commercials, and from guest appearances.
"You go to Chapel Hill and try to go to a Carolina-Duke game, good luck trying to find a ticket. It’s nationally televised. There’s so much money that goes behind just one basketball game. I do think the players from both sides should definitely see some type of benefit.” (Marvin Williams)