Should College Athletes be Paid?

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Should College Athletes be Paid?

In recent news, University of Central Florida Donald De La Haye was discovered creating youtube videos under the name of Deestroying that were monetized.
According to the school’s athletic department, student athletes are not allowed to use their likeness or their image in order to receive profits. Conclusively, De La Haye was given the ultimatum to drop from the football team or to shut down his youtube channel.

According to the school’s athletic department, student athletes are not allowed to use their likeness or their image in order to receive profits. Conclusively, De La Haye was given the ultimatum to drop from the football team or to shut down his youtube channel.

In the video below, De La Haye explains that he decided to give up his position as a kicker on UCF’s football team. Besides him, there have been other students in different sports who, while attempting to pursue other avenues such as music (and receiving an income) have been given the ultimatum to abandon their other money-making hobbies or drop out of the team.

 

While I’m not very familiar with how the athletic departments at college universities work, I have had the fortune of talking to a few football players from my own university of Penn State.

While many glorify the life of the college athlete, I’ve learned that there are tons of hard, grueling hours involved. From early 5 am mornings to late nights the amount of work that goes into being a collegiate athlete seems to go unnoticed by the general college population.

Overall, with practices, meeting, games, and school work combined, these students are putting in far more than the standard full-time job.

So, the question remains: Should college athletes get paid for their work? Many believe that athletes are exploited while the school, coaches, and president of the universities make millions off of their likeness and performance.

Many advocate that the overall risk to the student heavily outweighs the reward as student athletes are very prone to injury during and after college which can ultimately rob them of their education (as they may lose their scholarship) while they are attending a university or in a professional league (as they may be forced to resign if an injury is great enough).

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Some argue that they should be paid since they are putting in grueling amounts of work on par with professional athletic teams.

Others disagree, claiming that scholarship money is adequate payment and some even further arguing that the focus of a student should be solely on education; the belief is that dealing with contracts makes things too complicated and overwhelming.

I wanted to ask what everyone else thought about this question.

Should college athletes get paid? Does scholarship money count as adequate payment? And what happens if they get injured?

Let me know what you think about this topic down in the comments.