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Affirmative HookShow of hands, who here has played a sport? Of those hands who feels that the sport they play influences their time to work on homework and study for school in a negative way? That situation for college athletes is a lot worse.  Being a college athlete is the equivalent to a full time job, between going to the weight rooms, practices, classes, games all over the country and film sessions. Even a Michigan State law professor stated that division 1 college athletes qualify as “employees” under federal labor laws. One would think that the commitment and responsibility from the players should be compensated with some sort of payment.  In 2006 the NCAA earned a enormous 4.2 billion dollars just from the sport of basketball, and that number has been increasing since then, and the players earned a whopping zero cents from that money which just isn’t fair. College athletes deserve to be paid and it would benefit them greatly. PlanDespite one’s views on the payment of college athletes, it can be mutually agreed upon that the question of ‘how’ is very difficult to answer. Finding the massive sum of money and distributing it in a fair way both remain as the top concerns for even starting to pay college athletes. However, experts have theorized many possible ways for paying these athletes in a way that would be the most beneficial to the students themselves and their college athletic programs. One of the approaches to paying student athletes could be to have a salary cap for every team to use to pay their players. The salary caps would be different for each sport and would be based off of how much money that sports brings in for  its program. For example, Division one football team’s salary cap might be 3 million dollars due to the sport’s popularity . This plan would also have to lessen the number of scholarships and number of  players on rosters to keep college spending at a reasonable amount. Also, this model would ultimately save colleges money since it would de-incentivise athletic programs from building elaborate sports facilities to lure in players because a high school prospect would most likely choose solely off of his/her potential paycheck. A second strategy would be to pay college athletes based only on what the markets bears. This would create an equitable spectrum of payment across big name conferences and small division 3 schools with the popularity of the sports in turn determining payment. Whatever the NCAA earned from a sport, like a TV broadcast deal for example, would be handed back to teams and used to pay their athletes. The NCAA would also receive tax exemptions from the government to further ensure maximum payment of athletes to help them pay for any additional college fees. Finally, compensation for student athletes could also be granted through an Olympic type of model. That would mean that players would receive money from endorsements, sponsorships, autographs, and/or their right to their image and likeness to be use in video games or television. Also, similar to Olympic athletes, players would receive bonuses from the NCAA for winning championships or breaking records. This strategy would also honor fair payment since better and more well known athletes would be paid more and also encourage self motivation and hard work among college athletes to receive endorsements. These methods of payment would still uphold the amateurism of college sports that many believe is so important, but would give much needed money to the hardest working students on campus.  ReasonsNCAA earns many millions of dollars from from the work of these athletes, and they should be entitled to part of the money.CBS paid the NCAA $529 million to broadcast the work of college athletes during the March Madness competition.Many corporations are making insane amounts of money from the work of these college athletes. However, despite the profits they make for other people the athletes are not compensated for being the ones earning the money. If the NCAA is earning millions of dollars broadcasting the tournaments, the players involved should be entitled to some of these profits.       b) in 2014 a federal judge ruled that players should be paid if their names, images, or likeness  are     used in video or tv broadcasts Often times the likeness of college athletes are used on merchandise, videos and tv. If people are buying these products, which they are, these athletes need to get a share of the profits. They should not be the ones doing all the work and getting zero compensation.The players are working as hard as most employees.                       A Michigan State law professor stated that division 1 athletes qualify as “employees” under federal labor lawsCollege athletes  put so much into the games that they play. If the athletes are working as hard, if not harder than most employees, why should they not get paid for their efforts? College athletes work incredibly hard and don’t get any recognition. There is no time for quality work or academics.Athletes put in up to 60 hours a week in their practices, training, and gamesCollege athletes sacrifice so much of their lives in order to keep up with their sports. There is no room left in their day for anything else. These athletes should be compensated for the immense amounts  of work they put in towards the school that they play for.Scholarships often don’t cover all of the fees that go along with a college education.Some scholarships only cover basic education fees, and a heavy sports schedule can inhibit most players from getting sufficient funds.With a substantial sports schedule, most college athletes do not have time for any extracurricular activities, especially after school jobs. How are athletes supposed to pay for all of the expenses that come with a college education? Even with a scholarship there are still expenses that need to be paid, if athletes could earn money from the work they do, they would no longer have to worry about struggling financially.  The college athletes could be paid off of the revenue that they make for the school.   Athletes could be paid based off of the percent revenue that they make for the schoolSome people might be worried about how to actually pay the athletes. This is why the athletes could be paid based on the money they make for the school. As athletes work harder to make more money for their school then they will be compensated by being paid more money. RebuttalsPROWhy should colleges pay students for something they are doing for educational experience and trying to get played at a professional level?On average college athletes have to show up to practice and team workouts for an average of 20 hours. So the education and experience they are getting hardly seems free to them.Why should the students get paid for more focus on sports rather than school?According to the New York Times the average non athlete has a gpa of 3.14. While the average Athlete has a gpa of 3.095. Although the stereotype is that athletes just focus on sports this is proven wrong because just like non athletes the athletes try just as hard in the classroom.What the athletes do has no job experience and won’t help them out in the real world?It might not give them work experience but the average workweek is 40 hours while the busy athlete has 60 hours between the games on the road and practices. This also teaches them discipline as well as time management How would you weigh the pay of a tennis player against a basketball player? It wouldn’t be fair to everybody. Even though it might not be fair, Basketball players do make more for the school and make more money. Just for the 2008 March Madness tourney, CBS payed the NCAA $529 Million just for broadcasting rights. And how much did CBS pay for the 2008 NCAA tennis championship? NOTHING.Negative HookTo pay the college athletes or not to pay the college athletes? That is the question, and I know the answer. The answer is a resounding no. There is a common misconception that college athletic programs are extremely profitable. Horace Mitchell, contributor for US News, says Despite the $1 billion the NCAA gives back to college sports, university athletic programs have an average loss of $11.6 million dollars, so how are they going to pay the players with -11.6 million dollars, you tell me. Athletes already have their tuitions paid for, not to mention their room and board, meal plans, and all of the other perks they receive. The end result would be a decrease in the number of sports offered by schools and therefore a decrease in the number of opportunities available for student athletes. Sure, the big time football and men’s basketball players work hard to earn a lot of money for their universities, but paying them would ultimately result in devastation for the rest of the sports world.  ReasonsCollege athletes already have enough privileges.With scholarships and school funded trips, the athletes really don’t need anymore special treatment.Scholarships can’t be taxes like a paycheck and college athletes often graduate with little or debt, which saves student athletes from loads or stress and responsibility.  Colleges also must treat their athletes extremely well to keep them on good terms so they want to continue attending a college. It would be too hard to pay everyone and the university would suffer from the lack of funds.Money generated from the athletes would no longer benefit the university as a whole, but just the players that are being paid.To begin with, few colleges ever break even with their athletic programs. Paying college athletes would hurt schools in the long run on many different levels and might even cause the closure of athletic programs.It would be unfair unless they were paid equal because some sports don’t create revenue, but they still work just as hard.Only few college athletes would get a considerable salary, leaving the rest not fully compensated for their work.If athletes start getting paid based on the revenue they produce, some players would feel highly disappointed. There are many sports that just don’t create a profit, therefore the athletes that play them would not get paid, even though they put in the same amount of time and effort. This is highly unfair considering that all athletes work incredibly hard yet only a small percent would get recognized. Athletes are not in it for the money but for the education and experience. College athletics isn’t a profession but a way to obtain an education.Attending universities on a sports scholarship is a way to achieve a level of higher education. These students are not professional athletes, but students going to college. College athletes do not need to be paid because they are simply using sports to get through school, and start a new part of their lives. College athletics is not a career.  There would be too much focus on sports and not enough on school work.Athletes are putting in so much time in their sports activities and not enough time their school work.If athletes start getting paid they will only focus on their sports even more. College athletes are incredibly involved with the sports they play, and have very minimal free time. Paying the athletes would only increase the gap between school and sports.Rebuttals Against From all these endorsements and trips why can’t the department pay the players for their hard work? Many people are not aware that most athletic departments actually lose money year after year trying to fund programs. Out of the 120 FBS (formerly named Division 1) schools, only twelve broke even or made a profit last year.With all the work hours and grueling practices shouldn’t the players get compensated for their time?Well without a direct paycheck they already do. A freshman recruit with a $65,000 scholarship would benefit more than if he/she had a $100,000, when taxes and college fees kick in the student would be left with $100.Even if we assume that colleges pay each player evenly. Wouldnt that be enough for each player?If every college pays $1,000 the total for all colleges would end up being $400 Million What are the colleges going to do with all the leftover money from tourneys Shouldn’t they pay the players who got that money?The colleges actually pay the fees and taxes to keep their institute running smooth and to keep prices down for tickets to those games as well as less money for admission.