Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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Should College Athletes be paid? More than 49,699,419 fans attended games at the 638 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football-sponsoring schools around the country this past year. It is a record number of fans that ever attended those games. This brings a question that is around for few years now, should college athletes get paid? The first time this question was asked was by Howard Savage, a staff member of the Carnegie Foundation. In 1930 he asked if such a big corporation such as colleges and universities can concentrate its attention on securing their teams to win while not paying the players who came to their schools for education in the first place. The answer is simple. College athletes should get paid for playing sports during their college career. One of the main reasons is that college sports are very popular and the attendance, especially at the football and basketball is growing every year and breaking attendance records. Furthermore, TV ratings for the tournaments series are the highest they have been in years bringing billions of dollars in commerce for schools. Schools use their players’ face and names to promote their schools and gain more money. Of course, college athletes get scholarships and get education, however who benefits the most from their success? The answer is schools. Most of the time college athletes are as good as the professional athletes and since they don’t have as much time to dedicate themselves to the sport as the professionals, most of them don’t pursue their career in the future. Generally, the attendance at football and basketball games is growing every year in the NCAA, which is nonprofit association that consists of institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals of many colleges and universities in the United States. It divides into three divisions of schools which brought a record number

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