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Should College Athletes get Paid? Everyone has different ways of defining what they are rich in. Some people may be rich in love, money, or even happiness. Individuals can get paid in different forms as well. Athletes, for example, can get paid with money, merchandise, but what about education. To me, someone can be rich with an education, and I see college athletes being rich with higher education. According to the Article The Shame of College Sports,” Half a million young men and women play competitive intercollegiate sports each year.” (Branch). This can become tricky because not all schools offer the same education, not all schools will offer the same scholarships. Having a chance to play football at Indiana University vs. Texas A&M will be a much different experience for the athlete and their education. When it comes to paying our athletes a problem that can occur is where do we get the funding. Along with do we pay all the athletes the same varying from sport to sport. Paying our athletes could lead to having a money forward mindset leading to having a lesser passion for the game. Paying athletes can be tricking for many reasons mainly because they should be playing on the school’s team because they want to get an education from that school. At IUPUI we have approximately 260 student-athletes, that’s a fairly large number of student- athletes for the size of our campus if it becomes the norm to pay our athletes where will schools get the funding to reward our athletes. “The amount of money spent every year on intercollegiate sports varies from less than $500,000 at some small colleges to over $163 million at the University of Texas” (Coakley p. 472). With working at IUPUI’s athletic department and working directly with the Dr. Roderick Perry the school Athletic Director, I know that we do not have the budget to pay our athletes. I say this because the only venue the athletic department owns is IUPUI Softball Complex. Built-in 1987 (official Athletic Website). the complex has
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seen better days in its thirty plus years. With the budget, the Athletics is allotted the Department can’t keep up with the needs of the only complex they own, let alone pay their athletes.
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  • National Collegiate Athletic Association, College Sports

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