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The Bottom Line on Paying College Athletes
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:17 AM

The fact of the matter is this: We keep seeing these pay scandals popping up with college athletes. Wether its gifts or cash, some college athletes seem to think that more is owed to them to perform better.  

I've got news for you: You aren't owed anything.  

It used to be, before college somehow became a necessity for a job, that anyone who went to college considered themselves blessed for even having the opportunity. Nowadays, people are struggling to come up with the money to even go to college, let alone pay off those student loans they accrued while in college. 

But the idea of paying student athletes anything beyond their scholarship is absurd.  First of all, they are getting a free ride to play a sport. That should be it right there. And that isn't a cheap sum, depending on where they go. If they go to a state university, like Illinois, they could pay up to $9000 just to  go to school for one year. These are based on 2008 tuition rates I found, the numbers have gone up since then. If they went to a private school in the same state, it could cost around $23,613. This is all payed for so they can go play some sport. 

One solution was to pay these kids, football players was the specific example, $300 per game. Well, let's see, a typical college football team plays around 12 games, so that would earn them $3600 a year playing football. On top of what they are already receiving in free scholarship money.  

Why should we care? Well in some cases, we pay for it. That's right, if they go to a school that receives federal subsidies, we have a vested interest in where that money goes, and I bet it goes into sports as well as textbooks.  

Also, it teaches an entitlement mentality. These players would feel like more is owed to them if they started thinking they deserved a paycheck. That's how you end up with superstar athletes who think they are above the law.  

The bottom line is this: Pay them? Sure! Just take away their scholarships, or reduce them at the very least. 

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-10-22-state-tuition-table_N.htm 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-06-10-Should-we-pay-college-athletes_n.htm 

 

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