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Paying NCAA Athletes Not a Moral Issue

By Chris Finocchio On July - 21 - 2010

With Reggie Bush, UNC's defense, and Marcell Dareus in the news over improper benefits, or contact with agents, there is a renewed discussion over paying NCAA athletes.

 

On the Pay Them Side :

  • Athletes are often poor.
  • They put in too much time for sports to have jobs.
  • They generate millions of dollars for the schools they play for.
  • If you make money for someone, you should get paid.

On the Don't Pay Them Side :

  • They already get paid with an education, housing, and stipend.
  • Education needs to be the primary focus for these kids because few will play pro sports.
  • There isn't enough money to pay them.
  • An NCAA football player's impact is pretty small.  The value of an athletics department depends much more on the school's alumni support, popularity, traditions and institutions as a whole.

My Take:

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