College athletes should not be paid for their performance or to perform for their institutions because they are there for an education, questions will arise and colleges would not make a large amount of revenue from the games. A key point as to why the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) would not want to pay athletes is to maintain the amateur status of its reputation. College sports are considered to be of amateur status by the NCAA. Therefore they believe student-athletes should not receive a pay check to participate in a sport.
Student athletes should not get paid because they received beneficial scholarships, they sign the National Letter of Intent, and they are a student before they are athletes. Student athletes are already being paid from the scholarship and other benefits from the college. Athletes already have their tuitions paid for, not to mention their room and board, meal plans, and all of the other extras they receive. An article published online at ncaa.org states that “scholarships on average are over $100,000 a year.” (The Sport Digest, 2002-2010). Also, student athletes are given other benefits such as free tutors, scheduling benefits, trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, free facilities, clothes (i.e. travel warm-ups with school logo, caps, athletic shoes, etc.,) and equipment.
Playing college sports is supposed to be an hobby or pastime. Athletes play college sports for the love of the game not for the love of money. College is not the place to get rich. College is the place to learn, get your education, and become successful. But over the years the focus has been shifted toward the idea of college sports as being undermined by the power and the influence of money which can lead to the outcome of which is that student athletes are unnecessarily manipulated and exploited. In some instances, college athletes leave school early and not returning to graduate. This hurts because when an athlete does not make it in the professional world of sports; they have no degree to fall back on. Most professional sports have restrictions to limit mentally and physically immature athletes from throwing away their college education to be unsuccessful in the professional ranks.
There are those that will agree that colleges provide exciting and competitive sports as popular as the professionals. To attend college should be a highly cherished privilege, and it should be an even greater honor to play sports for the institution. The student athletes are focusing on getting an education as well as their sport whereas professionals are just focusing on their sport. People fall in love with college athletics because the athlete is playing for the institution and not for the money. Therefore, this writer supports the decision that the “student” comes before “athlete” in student athlete. Throughout the country college athletes are losing their priority for an education.