By: Lauren Spencer
Should college athletes be paid? For starters college athletes are definitely full time workers. Scholarships are not enough compensation for athletes. Seeing as though college sports are extremely profitable, College athletes should definitely be paid.
There is no doubt that college sports are a lucrative business. Every year in the United States, colleges generate hundreds of millions of dollars through college sports. Why are these athletes not paid?
According to finance.zacks.com, most of this revenue generated goes towards scholarships and the athletic department at Division 1 schools. Though scholarships can be helpful for a college student, a full tuition scholarship is not feeding these students. According to USA today, “The average athletic scholarship is about $10,400. Only four sports offer full rides to all athletes who receive scholarships: football, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball. If you exclude football and men’s basketball, the average scholarship drops to around $8,700.” At the end of the day, very seldom are college athletes given enough scholarship money to help pay for their full tuition. College students have many other large expenses besides tuition that the sports teams are not helping to pay for.
The average college football player spends on average approximately 45 hours a week participating in their sport and a little less than 40 hours on school work. In most states a full time job is considered 40 hours a week. Therefore college athletes basically work 2 full time jobs, and spend almost 85 hours a week working.
How much are these young athletes risking by playing sports for free? It is a reality that most college athletes are risking their entire athletic career every time they step on the floor or field. Is it worth the risk though?
What are workers without pay? Slaves. Are college athletes slaves to their colleges? All college athletes should be paid fairly.