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“Despite the hours I put everyday, practicing, learning plays, and despite the millions of dollars our team generated for UCLA – both in cash and in recruiting students to attend the university – I was too broke to do much but study, practice, and play.”Kareem Abdul – Jabbar NBA MVP, NBA Rookie of the Year, and Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year stated Kareem college athletes getting paid (ND). I strongly agree with Kareem college athletes should get paid. Some people think that paying college athletes is not right because the colleges don’t have enough money but I believe they should get paid because they are basically working a full-time job, it teaches them about how to save money, it will make the league a lot more competitive, and the athletes would stay in college longer.

One reason that college athletes should get paid is that they give up so much time for their sports they’re really working a full-time job and are doing it for free. Plus they have to focus on school as well. For example athletes must focus on their studies and school work as well as going to the gym working a full-time job and getting better at their sport so they play. Also if students get bad grades and focus on their sports more than their grades they are not allowed to play until their grades get up. In addition Kareem also wrote that “Playing basketball at UCLA was a seven-days-a-week job…” therefore everyday you were nonstop working either doing school work or focusing on your sport practicing, playing, and learning new plays. This is one reason why I think that college athletes should get paid.

The most important reason that college athletes should get paid is that they will stay at school longer and they might even finish out their whole college years before going who knows where. For starters Former South Carolina defensive end first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft quoted “Yes. Having to take care of my family, it would have made a difference if I’d have gotten paid, if I would have the chance to take care of my family through college, I would have probably stayed in college” (2014) according to ESPN.com new services. Think about this if you pay college athletes and they graduate they leave with a little more than just a degree. They leave with some money too. Plus not all athletes will make it to the pros so therefore the ones that don’t, have some money and some knowledge with it and possibly a future ahead of them. This is another reason why I think that it is reasonable that college athletes should get paid.

Another reason that college athletes should get paid is that it teaches them about how to control benefits and what to do with their money. For example, if somebody is willing to get about $750.00 for their jersey, but then one of their teammates can only get around $100.00 great because they both learn a marketing lesson. Another piece of evidence is that it teaches the students how to save money. Saving is important and not many young people don’t know how to do because either they don’t have enough money to do so or because they don’t get the importance of it and possibly if you give college athletes some money they might learn this. Also, villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo wasn’t really expected to go to the Championship. It’s awesome that he went pro but what isn’t awesome is that when we went pro he only had $3.71 in his bank account. Good thing he went pro or else he would have been broke. This is also a reason why I believe that college athletes should get a little bit of some money.

Lately, I think college athletes should get paid is because it would make the league so much more competitive. One reason I think this is because the pros pay their players on their worth and performance, so if you paid college athletes they would work harder to get better, more stronger, faster, more athletic and probably get more money which would make the league more competitive. Also “if NCAA paid its athletes, the students would not have to add extra stress worrying about where they will get their money from” according to listland.com.(2015) In addition to that the players will throw more and more energy into their game which then they will become better and compete better which leads to the NCAA making more money which will pay off for paying college athletes. This is why I think that it is a good idea to pay the college athletes some money.

While it may be true that it would make the cost of college more expensive and make college harder for a regular student attending the school, the athletes can make the money back or the NCAA could pay for it because they have so much money plus they would make more too just because of the athletes making the league more competitive. Also “if the NCAA will not allow college athletes to be paid for playing the sports, then they should at least let them make money by marketing themselves” according to the triangle.org (2018). Plus it doesn’t have to be much money anyway and you only have to pay them on their worth like the pros do. I don’t think the pros have run out of money. Yes a lot is right. We first just need to start a slow system then we can work our way up form that.

A topic highly important to young athletes and analysts around the world is should college athletes get paid. It’s clear that they should get paid because their sport is basically a full-time job. They spend on average 43.3 hours focused on their game playing and practicing. Another reason they should get paid is because it teaches them about saving money, also it would make the league a lot more competitive which would make the NCAA more money, and lastly and more importantly it would make the students stay in school longer because they could then actually afford college. One way I think we can start this is we first just need to start a slow system, try it out, then we can work our way up from that.

Garret Mittelstaedt, Sauk Prairie Middle School, Sauk City

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