Keeping Up With the Athletes

College Athletics In the News
November 16, 2011, 1:49 am
Filed under: College

Athletes at Bowling Green. Source: BG Athletics


To pay or to not pay?  That is the question facing college athletics across the nation.

It has been said that there are some athletes who put in more than 40 hours of practice a week, which in comparison is like a full-time job just unpaid, according to the article in the Chicago Sun Times.

Many BGSU students believe that athletes do get paid through tuition, student fees and room and board.

Sports management major, Jenny Kelley, 19, from Livonia, Mich., said that she believes that the paycheck of tuition and room and board is high enough.

“Athletes don’t deserve to get paid simply because they are student-athletes, the key word being student,” said Kelley.

Communication major Tiffany Durham, 20, from Riga, Mich., said that she doesn’t pay much attention to sports, but she believes that there is no reason for athletes to get paid.

“College is a place to receive an education and there are scholarships available, so in a sense, if an athlete receives a scholarship that is a form of being paid,” said Durham.

Sports management student, Hanna Dixon, 20, from Westlake, Ohio, disagrees.

Dixon believes student athletes are hardworking individuals who deserve to get paid.

“I cannot believe the amount of work and dedication they put forth to represent their school,” Dixon said.

While many students on campus believe paying an athlete is wrong, there is at least one student on this campus who strongly believes that athletes deserve to get paid.

Cameron Black, 19, majoring in sports management from Kent, Ohio, thinks that Bowling Green athletes deserve to get paid because they bring revenue to the university.

“The athletes here put a lot of time and effort to represent this school,” Black said.

They should receive money outside of tuition, but not too much just enough to get by on, according to Black.

“The athletes on this campus are the individuals who truly represent the orange and brown,” Black said.


15 thoughts on “College Athletics In the News

  1.    Emily Clingerman 11.21.11 @ 2:36 pm      

    I think your story is well written, but I would have to say I don’t think college athletes should be paid either!

  2.    Kelsey Rentner 11.21.11 @ 2:39 pm      

    Interesting story. AP style and grammar was correct. I believe that atheletes should not be paid. I liked the quote from Jenny Kelley and I agree with that 100%.

  3.    Rachel 11.21.11 @ 2:40 pm      

    Very interesting topic! I agree with those that say student athletes should not be paid considering it is not a career. I do think that they are rewarded with many benefits and should be playing for the love of the game!

  4.    Phillip Martin 11.21.11 @ 2:40 pm      

    I liked the topic that you chose for your POTS. The students feelings about athletes getting paid that you recorded was pretty interesting.

  5.    Holly 02.27.12 @ 9:17 am      

    I am also in support of the opinions who state that the athletes should not be paid. They do dedicate lots of their time and efforts, but I think that what should drive them is not the pay check, but the passion and love for the sport at first place.Plus,I know that they receive scholarships and free boarding, etc, so that should stimulate them even more to continue play with passion.I like that you gave different opinions in your post though.
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