Professor Nicholas Benca
English Composition 102
24 November 2013
“Should College Athletes Be Paid?
For years the question, “Should college athletes be paid?” has appeared in the debatable world. College athletes across the nation have argued that they deserve compensation for the particular sport in which they participate in. “We deserve a check for what we do,” Southern Miss football player, Urell Johnson stated. “Win or lose, our sport is our job. We work all day, every day. If you think about it, the athletic department brings in the most revenue to the university.” Non-athletes, such as students (like myself) and faculty, have disagreed with the idea of reimbursing athletes who are still in college. Paying college athletes would be absurd, being that it would be too expensive, produce avaricious athletes, and most of all, it would be injustice to every other young adult attending college. Some may argue that athletes are “slaves” to their particular sport and that is all that their lives consist of. Well, they chose to dedicate their lives to college sports, no one forced them and they do not need extra money for it. Athletes are already paid. Majority of them are on full scholarship. “Minus being fully or partially funded for their education, they are receiving expert coaching, housing, free meals, non-uniform clothing, free medical consultation, free access to state-of-the-art training facilities and free professional development” (Bachman, Rachel). They receive coaching from skilled coaches, which gives them an “upper-hand.” Having the opportunity to be coached by a person with professional skills gives athletes the chance to prepare for the professional league in which they are all hoping to be inducted into. Athletes, such as the ones who attend the University of Southern Mississippi, receive free housing at their chosen universities. Not only do they reside on campus free of charge, but they get the choice to stay off campus if they obtain a certain grade point average, without paying rent. While non-athletic college students have to set up a $1400-$1700 meal plan, in which we have to pay for, athletes receive this for free. Some students who choose not to reside on campus have to choose between not purchasing a meal plan and having to ask friends for “guest swipes” in order to save enough money to cover the cost of schooling and living on their own while athletes get this for free. How discouraging. Let us not forget how athletes receive meals (separate from the school’s cafeteria) after every game and practice. During the summer they receive $300 of groceries for both months. Not only are housing and meals covered, but so is their clothing. Our school, for example, is sponsored by Nike and Russell Athletic Brands. Players wear these items daily and might as well be mannequins for these expensive brands. Free, nice clothes would be happily accepted by the majority of us struggling college students. Besides athletes being given clothes, tuition, and meals, there is something worth more than this. Free medical consultation. When professional athletes, who are being paid for playing a sport, obtain injuries they consequently have to go to rehabilitation and/or therapy. Guess who has to pay for it? “Professional athletes spend up to $2,000-$3,000 per week on training” (Burton, Richard). Those professional athletes have to go in their personal pockets and spend their hard earned money to pay for their own therapy while college athletes receive the same or similar medical consultation for (once again) free! What more can you ask for? The things that they receive are of so much value and if they had to pay for them, they would definitely have something to complain about. “Athletes know the deal, the athletic department has a role, the university offers more than education, there will be problems with paying athletes and most of all, and education is pay” (Johnson, Dennis A., and John,...
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