Pro/Con: should colleges pay their athletes under the table?

Antonia Gutierrez and Caleb Kessler

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PRO: Caleb Kessler
Athletes get a scholarship for playing their sport usually. But should colleges pay their athletes on top of that? The answer to this question is “Yes, absolutely.”
Listen, when one thinks about the athletics at lower division colleges, they tend to think about the more mainstream athletes recruited locally and regionally rather than those elite athletes sought after by numerous programs. A star high school football athlete from California or Arizona or a temperate weather state probably isn’t going to want to play division one football in a colder region or smaller system that doesn’t have national appeal.
So how do schools like The Ohio State, Clemson and Alabama always stay ranked and have a good shot at the National Championship every year? Because each big school with a good team has one to three players yearly that just light it up for the season or the time they play in college. They’re on TV all the time and talked about nonstop on sports shows.
It doesn’t come as much surprise that it has come out that some of these schools pay their players under the table. They have to in order to be competitive and win games with the best of the best. If games are being won, butts are in the seats! If there are butts in the seats, that means colleges/athletic programs are making money. There is also nothing like a community that rallies around its athletes and winning programs.
Look at the Zion Williamson’s time at Duke. Everyone was discussing and throwing a fit about whether he would go to Kentucky or Duke or UCLA. He ended up at Duke…I wonder why….
Is this cheating? Yes. Is this breaking the rules? Yes in most states except California who recently loosened its rules. Does this action occur everywhere though? Yes, and this is going to be an ongoing issue that everyone simply just kind of pushes under the rug with their foot until the culture regarding payment to athletes is changed.
To the college sports teams out there struggling to win and keep up with other big schools, do what everyone else does, land some freak athletes by sliding them some cash.
CON: Antonia Gutierrez
There has been huge amounts of debate over whether or not college athletes should be paid for playing college sports. There have also been cases where colleges pay athletes under to table as a bribe to get them to join a team. Should colleges pay players under the table to join their teams? The short answer is no. Not only is it unethical, it isn’t fair to other colleges and players.
Some colleges would be at a disadvantage since they are smaller institutions with smaller budgets. There are some schools who work hard to try to recruit athletes the ethical way. I think it’s very disrespectful of bigger colleges to recruit players the “easy way” with money. Sometimes people can be greatly influenced by money, especially those in need.
The NCAA has a rule of amateurism, which means that college athletes will not get paid like professional athletes would. The only money they are allowed to receive is in the form of scholarships. Once athletes start receiving money for playing, they become professionals and can no longer play that sport in college. The NCAA does allow two-sport athletes, meaning you can play baseball professionally, and a completely different sport like soccer at the college level.
Not too long ago, the NCAA starting allowing its players to get paid for use of their images and their names. They are now allowed to receive endorsements and hire agents. The NCAA still wants to stress the fact that colleges need to treat student athletes the same as non- student athletes, and that they should not be treated as employees of the school.
In the past, amateur athletes would play solely for the love of the game. If good enough, professional teams and leagues would recruit and hire them. The sports industry has changed more and more into a business that is all about making money instead of being focused on making their fans happy.