Athletes Getting Paid

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Nicholas Jackson Critical Writing Class Professor Maralyn Schlanger November 17, 2013 Should College Athletes Get Paid For Their Time Put In As Athletes? Should college athletes get paid to play? Forget about the game winning 3-pointer, forget about the cheerleader girlfriend, and forget about the championship game. What about the money college athletes will never see and earned? In the college sports its win or go home, and the winners get to celebrate their hard work. Opponents to paying college athletes proclaim that a scholarship to a higher learning institution should be sufficient compensation, however I believe that college athletes should receive a small amount of money for their hard work and time put into their institution. Hard work should pay off. The university should literally pay off their student athletes because it isn’t easy balancing classes and 2 or 3 a day practices. College athletes in all divisions put in hard work and dedication to both the education side and to the athletics side of their institution. They are the ones that spend majority of the time on campus and in activities that the school has to offer. The life of a student athlete may be looked at as a walk in the park to many people because they have the mindset that athletes are given everything to them, but in reality, it is tough. Imagine having to wake up at 5:00AM, go to a mandatory workout for 1 hour 30 minutes then go across campus to be in class for 7:00AM. You still haven’t ate yet because your schedule doesn’t have time to squeeze that in. as soon as that class is over, you have to go across campus for another class that starts in 5 minutes. I’m saying all of this because this is my life on the day-to-day basis. In the article, “In College Sports, a New Openness to Increasing Player Benefits,” Brad Wolverton discusses how dozens of major-conference commissioners
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