Should Scholarship Student Athletes Be Paid Some Kind Of Salary In Addition To Their Scholarship?

Scholarship student athletes spend a lot of time their sporting activities. Schools have athletic teams that represent them in interschool and international matches. Sporting activities in schools have been gaining popularity and they have led to the rise of many sporting icons in different sports (Rubin, Lisa and Vicki 43). The school environment provides a good base for students to develop their sporting careers. Scholarship student athletes do not get paid and there has been a debate on whether they should be paid some salary in addition to the scholarships. There are strong reasons for supporting payment of scholarship athletes.

Paying students is an approach of making sports competitive.  Many students have talents but lack the motivation to engage their sporting activities.  Paying the student athletes would attract more students to engage in sporting activities with an aim of benefiting from the salaries. Engagement in sporting activities compromises the ability of the student to engage in leisure and academic activities. It is obvious that a student would avoid engaging in sporting activities if there are no tangible benefits associated with the sports.

College athletes struggle financially due to their inability to engage in income generating activities.  Students not engaging in sporting activities can engage in part-time jobs that promotes their economic welfare.  On the other hand, sporting students spend most of their time training and therefore lack time to make money.  They end up struggling financially since they are not compensated for engaging in sporting activities.  The fact that non-sporting students are better off economically due to their engagement in economic activities makes students athletes feel inferior. Such a feeling exposes them to a condition of stress that compromise their ability to accomplish academic and other life goals.  It is the responsibility of colleges to address such inequalities by giving the students athletes some form of salaries with an aim of promoting their economic welfare.

Another basis of paying the scholarship student athletes is the number of hours spent in sporting activities.  On average, an employee entitled to a salary works eight hours a day five days a week that sums to forty hours per week.  Evidence shows that on average, a college athlete spends over forty hours in training and sporting activities. The students also have mandatory class lessons that must be attended. On average, around forty hours are spent attending to class work. It implies that a scholarship student athlete spends between eighty and ninety hours in sporting and class activities (Rubin, Lisa and Vicki 43-50). In other words, a scholarship student athlete works twice as much as an ordinary employee. It is therefore reasonable to compensate them for working long hours.

Lastly, colleges capitalize sporting activities and the arising financial benefits are not distributed to the sporting students. Cash flows are derived from selling tickets and popular jerseys. Businesses also use sporting events in colleges to market their products. As a result, colleges charge these businesses huge amounts of money for allowing them to advertise   products through the sporting events (Matthew).

In conclusion, Scholarship student athletes should be entitled to the salary due to some reasons.  Giving a salary would make sports more competitive thus attracting more participants. It also enables college students to address their financial difficulties.  Scholarship student athletes spend many hours in sporting activities making it necessary to compensate them.  Lastly, colleges capitalize sporting activities making it necessary to distribute some financial benefits with the student athletes.

Work Cited

Matthew ,Green. Should College Athletes Get Paid? 2015. Web. May 2. 2016.< http://ww2.kqed.org/education/2015/03/27/college-athletes-get-paid/>

Rubin, Lisa M, and Vicki J Rosser. “Comparing Division IA Scholarship and Non-Scholarship Student-Athletes: A Discriminant Analysis.” Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics 7 (2014) : 43-64.

 

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