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COLLEGE ATHLETES SHOULD BE PAID The purpose of this paper will be to show you why college athletes should be paid Participation in college sports should be considered a profession and athletes compensated for their work Paying college athletes is not about being fair but it is a start The NCAA rules are so binding fairness is many years and many reforms down the road By paying players though the NCAA could improve a flawed system Many athletes come to college to study their sports hoping to land a job in their chosen field Universities used to have athletics to provide recreational and social opportunities Today college ball is just a stepping-stone to the professional leagues Football and basketball do not have minor leagues like baseball Universities then offer experience to athletes and a close-to-professional-level product to the public and the public eats it up In November of 1999 the NCAA signed a 62 billion contract with CBS Sports to televise the mens basketball tournament This is commonly known as March Madness They also have a contract with ABC Sports for the Bowl Championship Series for football ESPN also pays to televise the womens basketball final four So you can see that there is a great deal of money going to the colleges and conferences for television contracts In addition to this the colleges sell tickets t-shirts hats and copyright their logos The more successful their athletic programs the more donations they get from their followers The coaches are also able to cash in on the college athletes In 1997 Steve Spurrier head football coach at Florida signed a six-year contract that pays him 2 million a year In addition to this he also gets two new cars a year clothing allowance 24 tickets for each home game plus a house Just this month George OLeary of Georgia Tech signed a new contract that pays him over a 1 million a year The
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