Maybe its not Being Paid, Maybe it’s being Compensated.
So today I decided to see how people were arguing against the want for student-athletes to be paid. It turns out from reading all of this that most people have the same arguments for why student athletes should not be paid. I found blog posts just like mine, as well as newspaper articles that discussed their rationality on why athletes should not be paid. Though I was not too excited to see the typical responses when it came to student-athletes being paid, I did see some things that sparked my interest.
Two articles that really caught my attention were one from The New Yorker, a pretty well known New York Newspaper, and the other was from Daily Local News. Both of the titles on the website they were posted on were titled “College Athletes Shouldn’t be Paid.” Of course this caught my attention because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, I mean they must have something really against college athletes. But as I got to reading their articles, I found out that their page was not as biased as I made them out to be. Both writers (Ekow N. Yankah of the New Yorker and Kieran McCauley of the Daily Local News) talk about how the word “paid” is too much for what athletes deserve. What they both believe in isn’t be paid, but being compensated. The word compensated is a word that even I thought was a stronger word to use rather than paid. The term “compensated” means that basically all the athletes hard work and expenses are covered for them. This would be a great alternative because then all athletes, even the ones who aren’t on scholarship do not undergo financial strife when exiting college.
Now this may seem a little one sided because I am an athlete, but athletes are just as hard working as any other student who works full time on the side. All the work an athlete puts into their desired sport is time they could be spending getting a job but is instead used to pursue for many of them their life dream. Athletes should not be given consequences for going after their dream to become a professional athlete. And the consequences are even worse for those who do not turn their sport into a job. When you run the numbers, a whopping 10.5% of NCAA baseball players get drafted out of college. The other 99.5% of them are not, which means they must figure out a way to pay back whatever they owe their college.
Kieran McCauley makes a great point when discussing how hard it is to strive to be a collegiate athlete. He states that “plenty of college students would be happy to play a sport for four years if it meant they did not have to take on that financial hardship.” Though he argues that student athletes should not be paid, he does address that student-athletes have it rougher than most think. Maybe if ALL players would compensated and given the funds they deserve to play the sport they love, the arguments I make along with those on the opposite spectrum might vanish.