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SMGT 110 Sports Management

Published : 08-Sep,2021  |  Views : 10



Why college athletes should or should not be paid to play.



The college sports or the college athlete is a non professional field and it is regarded as a co-curriculum activity. It is seen that the sports played in the college and University level competition in this field of sport requires a lot of physical skill and a proper guidance and training so that the athletes is prepared to play the sport in the competition. The competitive athletes were introduced to improve the discipline and the health of the students and it made the mind of the students away from bad distractions. Sports made a lot of health improvement to the students and it has been stated with a notion to improve the sports played (Sanderson & Siegfried, 2015).

One of the chief reasons why sport should be encouraged is that it helps in the building of bonds between the people and thus it shows respect between the educators and the athletes. It helps the athletes to build the spirit of determination and to win according to the rules of the authority.

There are many controversies which are surrounded on the point whether college athletics is paid or not. There are both pros and cons to the issue. Many are of the view that athletics having gained importance and they are getting paid with the free education and the room and board has the sports attire. Some of the athletics think that playing athletics will not be enough therefore they get discouraged and get away from opportunities and rather choose to complete their studies and college degree (Hainline et al., 2016).

1.The problem faced by the college athletic is that the scholarship cost is included in their cost of text books. They perform marvelous work. The University’s make game team who makes the play into a nationally competitive sports dynast. Even after the success the students are not paid for their jobs. Each year there are tournament played and the student athletic are paid sparks so that there is no outrage of injustice in the situation and there is no reason that the college will not pay the athletic (Varnest et al., 2015)   

College athletes get scholarships, so that they can continue their education. It is much valuable that they might earn salary which is earned as a as a minor-league professional. (Putukian, et al., 2015).

Schools cannot afford to fund to the college athletics, college athletes get scholarships. But the most crucial is that these scholarship programs are more important than the salary which they earn as a minor-league professional.

2.The student-athletes also brings in revenue for the team as well as the college or the University, especially the ones which is played in the championship games and to the ones who debate that there is a favor given to the students who could receive a small portion of profit. This means the pay would vary according to the universities which have given them successful teams and that it will help to receive the athletic much more time or the money.

In the college, the student-athlete is a full-time job, which ranges between the weight room, the court or field or the classes, and film sessions. College athletics are recorded as extracurricular activities (Readdy, Raabe & Harding, 2014).The student athletic shall miss the school.

The people have opposed to the argument and says that those who believe that the college will not be able to pay the athletic because they will get a opportunity in the future to be a professional and then they will be getting a lot of money and even thousands of dollars that will be earned once they starts playing like a professional. The earning for the professional athletic can even go to million. Once these athletic play in the college they measure the pros and cons whether they are eligible to leave the college to become a professional. It is seen that the athletics need to go to the college as they are eligible for the pros that are going to leave college to become a professional (American College of Sports Medicine 2013).This has resulted in wasting the money so that they will pay to clear the debts and that attending the college would be better for them. It is seen that the college athletic cannot do anything and they mostly leave the athletics and they continue with their college. The ninety percent of the rest of the athletes need to pay for the benefit in regard to paying off the debts.

3.The students in the college bring in the revenue for the college or the University by playing in the athletes so that they can play in the championship .The debate is for the students who can receive a small portion of the profit. The Universities get paid so that they can receive more television or time and money so that they can have more successful teams which receive more television time or money than those with less successful teams (Kroshus et al., 2015).

It is seen that the athletics that play in the college including those who play in the men’s  basketball programs earn much more and even higher than any other athletic program, thus they would be likely to earn much higher. This was not considered as fair and thus the people argue that the people who are playing in the college points out that team popularity and consumers generally determine it as “fair.” The sports also support the others than the less popular sports that do not bring in a lot of money on their own.

The students athletic work very hard in the court as well as the field, the coaches also have a big effect upon the team, but it is at last the work of the athletes to get the job done (Staurowsky, 2014). The coaches also get bonus and breaking records when they win the game and sometimes the athletics do not receive any prize money.

4.The debate was held on the topic whether the college athletic should be paid so that they can play for the college and this is a very sensitive issue keeping strong support on both sides. The college athletics are committed and spend time on completing homework outside college and it is a commitment that is maintained throughout the year (Acosta & Carpenter, 2014).

It is seen that the college athletes are not getting enough education and the athletic should be paid if they remain in college in return of the revenues that are generated in the school and this will destroy the revenues for the bad reason.


It is necessary that the college athletes should be paid and they should get a share of the wealth. There were many issues that were raised which were dealing with non revenue sports such as the swimming and the tennis. In this an athletic union shall be formed which will deal with the negotiation of compensation. Thus there should be a system where the college athletics department paid the athletics the salary which will be required to solve many major issues (Warner & Dixon, 2015).

An athletic should be allowed to take the opportunity to accept the gift as like other music students or anybody pursuing the vocation. They should be given the facility so that they can attend the college, take the scholarship and make money for their talent. The economy of the college sports will grow only when the money in the college sports will grow (LaRoche et al. 2016). The Olympics dumped the amateur myth and allowed athletes to make money from their athletic ability and fame and this have made the Olympics very popular.

The college athletics should be given the provision to receive money from the athletics department so that they can conduct many sports for Olympics. Thus there can be scholarship athletes that are funded by the NCAA and it should be incentive based on the performance of the athletes (Sanderson, Browning & Schmittel, 2015). The athletes who played for the college sports will be allowed to get the fund once they are a graduate from the University. These people will receive a portion of the fund which is based on the profit they earn for their University.

The goal is to give value to the educational benefits offered by the college sports. Thus it is important that the college maintains an environment which will support the athletic participation and the opportunities of the students which is also feasible (Ontiveros,2015).

College athletes should be able to recognize the opportunity they get when they play in the college and it is something that many people dream to achieve. Playing in college should be done for the love of the game, after all the sport is played on the basis as a game (Sanderson & Truax, 2014).  


There has been a considerable growth of inter college athletics and this will result in the enormous revenue for the college and NCAA and this will help in getting attractive packages for the coaches. In conclusion, we can see that the college athletic has given a lot of effort so that they can play in the sports they want to play. The time that the college athletic devotes on playing the games is the same time that they can give so that they can earn by doing a well paid job. Since, the majority of college athletes are not able to receive the sport and pay to the college athletic therefore there shall be sport management which will enable the college to get the benefit to the athletic.


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