Pros of Paid College Athletes
The average Division 1 college is raking in more than $4.5 million in revenue a year. Division 1 college athletes are taking in $0 from that revenue. This alone makes a compelling argument for the questions arising as to why college athletes aren’t receiving their share. Afterall, don’t they deserve something for all their effort, dedication and hard work?
The schedule of a college athlete can be quite hectic. It’s typical for a college athlete to start their day at 6 a.m. for an early practice, have class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then have another practice until the evening. And don’t forget about homework and studying. This virtually makes the life of a college athlete a real full-time commitment with no chance to make any monetary income if they need it.
Although the case for paying college athletes is pretty strong, there are still arguments against it that should be considered. Here are the pros of this highly debated issue in college sports.
Support Themselves and Family
There are college athletes that come from very poor backgrounds or that hardly have any support. Paying college athletes would help them be able to support themselves with decent meals and amenities, as well as possibly be able to help their family.
Higher Graduation Rate
With college athletes not feeling pressured to go pro as soon as they can, more college athletes will be able to choose to finish their education. This will give college athletes something to rely on if their pro career doesn’t pan out and allow professional sports to have a better incoming flow of mature players.
Decreases Negative Contributions
Sadly, not receiving a flow of income can cause college athletes to make poor decisions in the form of receiving unauthorized money and benefits. There is also a chance college athletes will commit point shaving for money.
Paying college athletes will eliminate many of this issues that have a negative effect on both college athletes and the way college sports are being run.