Many agree and disagree that NCAA Division I athletes should be paid for their collegiate contributions.
People have accepted that a college athlete receives a scholarship to play a sport, but have you ever thought about an athlete receiving a scholarship and a salary?
Alex Perez is an athlete at Virginia Tech. Perez plays baseball for the Hokies. Perez believes that college athletes should be paid. However he states, “I believe that the only athletes that should be paid are the athletes that are in the highest money earning sports like basketball and football.”
One would agree that you would pay the quarterback of the football team but would you pay the women’s water polo player?
Perez says that the NFL should pay into the NCAA. All MLB teams have set up minor league teams to develop players but the NFL gets the NCAA to develop the players and puts no money into the Division.
The NFL should pay the NCAA and that is the money that should be used to pay the players.
Katelyn Powell, a student at Tech, says that student athletes should not be paid. “Athletes are already paid through education,” states Powell. She believes that only professional athletes should be paid when they are at the highest level.
Many have an opinion on this subject and think they are right but until a decision is made on whether to pay athletes, no one will ever know whether it would have positive or negative consequences.