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College is a time to broaden your education and develop your skills Different people go to college for different reasons but mostly for an education The National Athletic Association is meeting next year and will decide if it needs to change its policy of not paying college athletes I do not understand why this should be an issue The main reason people go to college is to learn So the NCAA will be deciding whether the athletes should be paid for playing their sport of choice thus demeaning the reason they are at college in the first place There are millions of students who go to college each year some play sports others are in student government and some are in theater Each group is equally important to the college and in some cases are treated the same If the athletes start being paid for playing sports then whats going to stop the other students from finding a way to be paid for what they do Does this mean then that students in student government should be paid for what they do or that the theater students should be allowed to join an equity theater union and be paid for doing shows Paying athletes will create a rivalry among the students for why should one group be paid for going to college while the others are not The other thing to look at is that most student athletes are receiving scholarship and grant support from their college Majority of the money that athletics being in is given back to the students through grants and scholarships At Notre Dame for example grants-in-aid to student-athletes are worth about 5 million annually Add to that the millions spent on travel housing equipment health care and other costs and pretty soon youre talking real money So yes while athletics does generate millions of dollars in revenue for universities there also are millions of dollars in expenses most of which
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