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With many of the school administrations and programs

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With many of the school administrations and programs against the idea of student athlete compensation the argument can be made that this would be detrimental to the careers and futures of the student-athlete. One simple reason that colleges would not look favorably at paying the students is because there would instantaneously be much less money to spread across the wide array of people and programs dependent on the money that would be used for payment. Overall, that specific program would take a financial step backward. Paying the student athlete would also cause undue focus on the immediate monetary benefits vice the lasting educational advantage. Lastly, to stress equality within the institution, if the college, university, or school was to pay the student-athlete directly; it would open an unpredictable amount of inquiries about whether or not to pay the swim team, chess team, or band, etc. If this was the case, many other programs would soon be depleted of their funding and school tuition would inherently rise to compensate for the lack of funds. Where Do They Stand Although most people would not turn away a paycheck for doing something you are already doing, some students will debate the idea of being paid as an athlete or employee of the college. "I never felt like I was an employee of Duke University," says Tommy Amaker, a basketball star there who now coaches Harvard University's men's team, which does not offer athletic scholarships. "I had a chance to have my education paid for at an incredible school” (Cooper, 2011). Stanford University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne was quoted during a discussion panel in Washington D.C. as having said, one year ago, “paying college athletes “would get in the way of them being students first and foremost, and athletes second” (Ley, 2017). Just as
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PAYING COLLEGE ATHLETES 8 much as people love making money and have their own ideas of striking rich while pursuing the American Dream, people dislike giving that same money away to others. Former Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke was defending the National Collegiate Athletic Association efforts to dodge the payroll additions when he claimed that “athletes receive too much from schools already” (Martin, 2017). Methods to the Madness There is no need to design a new payment system or reinvent the wheel for the compensation of student athletes. Whether the college decides to pay or not, they should be authorized to make the money when they can and simply fall into the standard payroll systems of regular old corporate America. This of course would begin a new look into taxes and tax law that can get very complicated. “One problem, opponents argue, is that granting college athletes the legal status of "employees" would convert the athletes' tax-exempt scholarships into taxable income” (Edelman, 2017). Most have heard the term scholarship before and understand the basic idea. Some lucky athletes are commonly compensated for their representation and efforts both on and off of the field through an institutionally funded scholarship. The benefits might include paid
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