college athletics

Within the common ground section, be sure you explain how these are all points which everyone involved in this controversy can agree on. 

Remember that the three sources you use for your essay need to come from research databases (EBSCOhost, Opposing Viewpoints).  Please NO Web sources may not be used for this essay. 

Should college athletes be paid? What is a solution/compromise on which athletes, athletic directors, and collegiate sports organizations can all agree?


*Despite college athletics being a multi-billion-dollar industry that builds elaborate facilities and handsomely rewards coaches, players are not entitled to a single penny. All colleges do is to cater for education/scholarship and housing, and other costs of the athletes/players. They (college athletes) definitely want more because they have become very popular for spectacular sportsmanship over the past few decades. In particular, The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) is reaping big with the high demand for viewing these rising stars. The bone of contention is weather plays college athletes would be beneficial. One side of the debate argues that scholarship/free college and being able to advance their education is enough payment. Cartels in the sport’s industry also fear that paying college athletes could make the distinction between amateur and pros to disappear. The other side of the divide believes that it is unethical for colleges to deny their athletes momentary pay, while making a lot of money from their talent and effort. Most of the conflicting parties in this ordeal include college athletes, colleges, Collegiate Sports Organization such as the NCAA, and coaches. On the whole, would allowing college students to profit from their sportsmanship and image by paying them be beneficial?

Common Ground

Scholarship, as payment, (please explain how everyone involved in this controversy can agree on). (1 or 2 lines)

Education, first, (please explain how which everyone involved in this controversy can agree on). (1 or 2 lines)

Devaluing the quest or education, (please explain how everyone involved in this controversy can agree on. (1 or 2 lines)

Altering the recruitment process and unfair advantages, (please explain how everyone involved in this controversy can agree on. (1 or 2 lines)

Points of Difference: Focus on the specific points of difference,

College athletes – Also dubbed as “college athletes” by those that adamantly oppose their monetary compensation, college players are short-changed by this very phrase. In the phrase, the word “student” comes first to connotation, the fact that they are paid with free education, implying that they should not be preoccupied with endorsement deal or money during their college years. According to the Business Insider, paying college students could distract them from pursuing education which should be their first priority. This response means that student athletes should concentrate on their education because it provides them an opportunity to work toward a career without incurring a great deal of student debt, while enhancing their chance of playing professionally in the future. However, this idea is not often the case because most college players forget about gaining knowledge from their coursework and professors because they are entrapped in the sporting world; speeding incalculable hours grooming their athletic skills

NCAA regulations – According to NCAA regulations, college athletes don’t have the ability to sign any endorsements and cannot have a salary. Correspondingly, they are not allowed to make contracts with professional terms, or to be awarded prize money above necessary/expenditure. In the same token, they cannot compete, practice or try out with professional teams. Statistics demonstrate that an average top-tier man basketball or football player earns his university over $2,000 per season (Rebeccaloreecmns324). Unfortunately, not a single penny of this whooping amount goes to the student.

Image – Proponents maintain that college students should be paid because they make money on their own image (Drozdowski). The athletes risk bodies by putting their lives at stake. One single injury could not only mean the loss of the ability to play, but also lead the loss on a scholarship that pays their education. The proposition on a college athlete being paid rose to counter this problem.

Possible drawbacks/limitations of each side getting its way

If college athletes get their way and start getting monetary compensation for their names and likenesses, their education could get ruined since they would put more effort on the field rather than on course work. In other words, students in part of the athlete program will be succumb, and earning good grades or position they in the competitive job market would be an orated dream.

On the other hand, if colleges/universities and couches get their way of retaining the status quo, they will continue raking in cash for their schools at the expense of the safety and health of the players. College athletes constantly risk injury.

Finally, if the NCAA gets its way, billions of dollars will continue swirling in the organization, and everyone will get their piece of the cake, except the players who will keep on playing, despite that fact that intercollegiate athletics is similar to a full-time job.

Resolution / Summary

* As much as most people believe that students who participate in college athletes have it easy, in terms of a scholarship, getting to play sports and travel, and free living, there is more than meets the eye. In truth, unlike regular students, student athletes get to pick classes and sometime get excused to go to games and special events. Free education comes in handy because Most of them come from poor background amid the rising cost of attending college. Besides, education comes first; everything else, including athletics comes second. So, the quandary over a college student getting paid offers no easy solution. However, allowing them to monetary benefit from endorsement deals is the most likely and reasonable compromise that could be in the best interest of all parties involved, as proposed by the state of California (Beam). This solution is an adaptation of the Olympic Rule of Amateurism. I trust this response would be the most beneficial solution though it might take a few years to convert the NCAA and all collages to this kind of thinking and to set up such a system.


ONLY databases from: (EBSCOhost, Opposing Viewpoints).  Please NO Web sources may not be used for this essay. 

Beam, Adam – Associated Press. “California to Let College Athletes Make Money, Defying NCAA.” AP English Worldstream – English, Associated Press DBA Press Association, 30 Sept 2019. EBSCOhost, (database = good)

Business Insider. “NCAA Sports Bring In $1 Billion A Year – Why Aren’t the Athletes Paid?” YouTube. YouTube, 24 Mar. 2019. Web 20 Oct 2019. (Web source = NO good)

Drozdowski, M. J. “Should college athletes be paid?”, 23 Feb. 2021, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021. (Web source = NO good)

Rebeccalorecmns324. “College Athletes: Paid or Slaves?” Cmns324: Media, Sport, and Popular Culture, 12 Dec. 2019, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021. (Web source = NO good)