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.


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