Famuan Face-Off: Pay for play in college? – Brittany Collins says, ‘No’

When athletes from high school choose to take their skills to the next level, they should do it for the exposure and not for the money.

College athletes should not get paid because it can cause conflicts, such as deciding how much to pay each player and which teams should be paid.

The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network said it is going to be difficult when determining how to pay a player. If the National Collegiate Athletic Association http://www.ncaa.org/ determines the payments of athletes are based on each position, then how fair would that be if a player of a different position performs better?
Also, I am sure football players would be paid more than other athletes simply because it is a popular sport, but what about the schools that have other fall sports excelling more than football? This is when the conflict occurs.

Another issue with college athletes being paid is the recruiting process. It won’t be the same. Schools in the smaller markets would not be able to compete with the larger universities. If players are determining which school they want to go to because of a potential salary, then of course the larger university with better resources will be able to pay more than other schools. So what happens to the smaller schools that try to get top players but are unable to offer as much as larger schools?

If colleges agree to pay the athletes, I am sure student tuition fees will increase. Students would have to pay extra money to support the athletic department. The crazy part about this is we will be paying money for athletes who may not even go on to play professionally.

The NCAA listed the amount of college athletes who go pro, and only 1.7 percent of college football players do. There is no point in paying athletes in college if they never become professionals. If they become professionals, then they will be getting paid because they finally deserve it.

In addition, most athletes are on scholarship, whether it is partial or full. Either way, they are technically getting a large portion of their education paid for, if not all. And many of the athletes receive a stipend for the year. It is up to the players to determine how wisely they are going to spend their money.

College student-athletes have a better lifestyle than normal students. The World Net Daily mentions that many schools such as Ohio State, Georgia, Texas and Notre Dame spend more than a million dollars to make sure the student-athletes are taken care of. The athletic centers and facilities are able to give these players great workout rooms, nice dining facilities and free health insurance for injuries and transportations.

When we really think about it, college athletes are being compensated in a great way.

Student-athletes are gaining the experience many other students would never receive. They are becoming part of the media by doing press conferences, flying across the country to represent their schools, staying in nice hotels and meeting different people who are able to give them proper training and coaching. I mention all of this to say college athletes receive many resources worth more than a paycheck.

Let’s be real. If some colleges are not doing well financially, then they will go into default. So paying each and every one of the athletes on campus can lead to financial issues. The “pay for play” concept with college athletes is ridiculous. If a student athlete is receiving a full scholarship, great resources and a stipend, why do they need to be paid? I say if they deserve to be paid then they will work hard in college, so they can become a professional. Once they start playing on a professional level, then the money talk should pop up.