Should College Athletes be Paid for Playing?


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The NCAA rules prohibit student athletes from accepting any form of payment for playing college sports. Why? When a 19 or 20-year-old kid is in college, especially one who plays a major sport, where do they have time to work. Studying and their sport takes up the majority of their life. I remember when I was in college, I didn’t even play a sport and I barely had enough time to work. Student athletes put a lot of time and dedication into what they do and I think that they should receive some sort of compensation for the effort they give.

The latest player to admit to receiving payments while he was playing football in college was, Houston Texans running back, Arian Foster. Foster was a running back at the University of Tennessee where he amassed 2,964 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns. After his senior year, he went undrafted and was eventually picked up by the Texans.

Click here to see the article from, Toro Times co-editor, Stephen Forsha.

Recently, there have been a number of players who have come forward and confessed to receiving payments while playing college football. I think it is time for the NCAA to reconsider this rule. We aren’t expecting college players to get paid millions of dollars while in school, but they should receive some sort of compensation. If the NCAA ever did overturn this rule, I think we would see a decrease in the amount of college athletes getting in trouble for drug possession. Arian Foster even said it in his interview, a lot of his teammates used to sell drugs just to make ends meet.

I think, for the sake of student athletes, that there should be some sort of compensation while they are playing a sport. Even if it is 400 or 500 dollars every two weeks, it will allow these kids to be able to afford to live while they are in college.

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