Argumentitive Paper Essay

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Argumentitive Paper


Over the years, the debate on whether or not to pay collegiate athletes, specifically
Division 1, has increased greatly. With athletes bringing in millions of dollars to their
respective schools, many believe it's time to make a change. The debate has been ongoing
since the 70's, maybe even earlier, but it really came to the attention of many in the
early 90's, specifically 1995. Marcus Camby, a basketball player for the Toronto Raptors,
admitted he took money and jewelry, from somebody who wanted to be his agent, while he was
playing at the University of Massachusetts. This was one of many incidents that involved a
player accepting money and other gifts from an agent and/or booster. I believe that
college athletes deserve to be paid in some fashion. They devote their whole life to their
sport, whether or not they are the starters, and most will not go on to the pros, even
though they contribute to the team. They sell tickets, jerseys, T-shirts etc. for their
school, and see none of the money. Coaches sign six figure deals with shoe companies, like
Nike, Reebok, Converse, and the players are the ones wearing the shoes and jerseys, the
coaches have on whatever they want. Even though just recently the NCAA Committee allowed
athletes to get a job; between schoolwork, and practices, they don't have enough time to
find a job. Most of the kids come from poor backgrounds, and don't have enough money to do
normal college things, like going out to eat, going on a date, or out to the movies.


People believe that paying college athletes will ruin the tradition and innocence of the
game. However, people forget that Olympians get paid, and most of them are amateur
athletes. "Gold medallists from the United States receive a minimum of $15,000 for their
success (from the U.S. Olympic Committee and the national governing body of the winner's
sport), USA Today, Final Ed." These Olympians can also capitalize on endorsement deals and
other additional bonuses, most of which are illegal in college athletics. The innocence of
the game is already in jeopardy, in a June 24th, 1996 issue of The NCAA News, " Studies
indicate that 75 percent of underclassmen have received cash or gifts from an agent."
That's a pretty high number, three out of every four are involved in illegal activities
involving agents, and 90 percent of projected first round draft picks have had contact
with an agent, (Steve Wulf, Time pg. 94). If they received some compensation for the hard
work, this corruption would gradually lessen, because the need for money would lessen.


Just recently the NCAA allowed college athletes to get a job, but seriously, where are the
athletes going to find the time to work. With classes, schoolwork, practices, and games
(which include traveling all over the country), when are they going to fit in time to
serve fries at Burger King. "I guess it's a good thing," says Indiana University freshman
guard Michael Lewis. "But between class and basketball, I'd like to know when I've got
time to flip burgers." You have to be realistic, and having the athletes get a job isn't
very realistic. It's hard enough now for the athletes to fit in time for themselves let
alone work. After a long day of practice and school, they'll be too tired to go to work.
"No employer is going to want to employ someone that can only work such select hours,"
freshman gymnast Dominic Brindle.


Most coaches sign lucrative contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars with sports
companies, and aren't the ones wearing the Nike shoes or jersey, the players are. The
marquee players sell jerseys with their numbers on them, but they don't see the money from
them. Schools sign large contracts with television stations for millions (even billions)
of dollars, to see the kids play. Why is it that these players don't get even a little of
it back? They're the ones putting on the show; they are the ones that deserve some of the
money. They sell the tickets, people go to the games to see the players, not the college
presidents and in most cases not even the coaches, but they (coaches) are the ones making
millions, while the ones really working see nothing. "The coaches own the athletes' feet,
the college own the athletes' bodies, and the supervisors retain the large rewards,"
Walter Byers, Executive Director of NCAA from 1952 to 1987. In the 70's and earlier
college athletes received fifteen dollars a month, called "Laundry Money", (Steve Wulf,
Time pg. 94).


Numerous people make a living of the players, coaches, athletic directors, NCAA
executives; I could go on for awhile if I had to. How would you feel if you supported
numerous people with your hard work, and saw none of the money yourself. I'd feel cheated
and exploited. "There are a lot of people who make livings off of us," Van horn was saying
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