By Teresa Welsh |
Of course, student athletes should be paid (compensated). Indeed, we should flip the question around: Why shouldn't collegiate student athletes be paid?
Without them—on the field or on the court, performing and entertaining millions of college sports fans—the billions of dollars that collegiate athletics generates simply would not exist. Without them, we wouldn't have millions of fans buying tickets for games and subscribing to expensive cable and satellite sports television packages, corporate sponsors purchasing luxury suits and boxes in college arenas and stadiums, or consumers paying top dollar for sports paraphenelia, jerseys and video games bearing the likenesses and autographs of their favorite college players.
Most, if not all counter-arguments against paying student-athletes are fallacious and anachronistic. These counterarguments are even moreinvalid, unimpressive and bankrupt of reason and sound economic justification when one sees that big-time college sports often discourage and even preclude student-athletes from pursuing and earning their college degrees.
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