By: Nick Herroon, Dylan Yancey, Michael
Bishop, Kevin Noble
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For Being Paid
They work hard.
Bring the school
millions of dollars in
A lot of time
No extra money
They deserve it.
Against Being Paid
They are not
If they were getting
paid they would not
focus on school.
They earn free tuition
why do they need to
be paid extra.
The costs of college
tuitions are only
going up and they
are projected to
continue rising in the
With costs going up
it is going to be
tougher and tougher
for colleges to find
money to give
Many would think
why those athletes
need to be paid when
they are already
getting free college?
When you think
about it, a college
education is an
invaluable thing, it
can change the rest
of your life.
Jay Paterno is son of long time college
football coach Joe Paterno. He broke down
the hours that a college athlete will put into
their sport in their 4 year degree.
He then took the amount of dollars that the
student athlete will receive through tuition
costs, books, housing ect.
This is what he found.
For 21 weeks out of the year you will “work”
no more than 20 hours per week with one
mandatory day off.
For another 23 weeks you will work no more
than 8 hours per week.
Then you will get 8 weeks off.
These are all mandatory times set by the
You tuition is paid for, for your spring,
winter, and summer classes.
Your room and board is paid for.
Your books and supplies needed for class are
also paid for.
All of that put together a student athlete will
ultimately “earn” $33,976 for in-state and
$50,286 for out of state.
For the 604 hours that
you will invest in your
sport over 4 years.
In-state athletes will
earn $56.25 per hour
Out of state athletes
will earn $82.25 per
As a bonus however,
athletes will earn
tutors, computer labs,
and player lounges all
Also any medical
costs incurred after
As well as the
ability to be flown
home for family
And if you win a
bowl game you get
hundreds of dollars
If college athletes
start getting paid a
number of problems
Would they still be
How much does
every player get paid,
as well as how do
you evaluate how
much each person
Also you have to
wonder how much do
players want? They
claim that they do
not have enough
money to have the
experience? So what
is enough money.
Also do they then
need to sign
There are no real
solutions to this
problem. No matter
what decision is made
one side is going to be
One solution may be
giving them an
allowance so they can
go out but not a
Give them an on
campus sports related
job in the off season.
solution may be using
sponsorships to give
instead of money.
The schools could
open a bank account
for them and at the
beginning of the year
put a certain amount
of money in their
account to spend.
Giving players an allowance.
Many people would argue that once you give
them a paycheck its wrong.
If you give players an allowance that they
could spend a certain amount of money each
week and food or movies.
The problem is that money has to come from
somewhere and where does it come from?
If you give them an on campus job in the off
season working football games or different
sporting events and pay them for that to
spend on whatever they want they then might
A problem with that may be, they may not be
satisfied with their job, or they are mad they
have to work.
With giving players gear/apparel from their
sponsors then it would keep them happy as
they are constantly getting new things.
The problem with that is they are still not
getting money which is what they wanted in
the first place.
Giving them a bank account with a certain
amount of money that they could spend on
different things such as the movies, going
out to dinner.
The problem with that is they are college kids
they may spend it on things that could get
them into trouble, such as alcohol and drugs.
The best solution may actually be combining
If you give them an on campus job as well as
giving them gear/ apparel they may be happy
The school will also not lose a great deal of
money over it.
To make this happen the school would simply
have to find enough jobs for each of the
athletes and talk to the sponsors about giving
them gear to give to the athletes.
Also they could talk to the businesses around
the campus about giving them jobs which
may make it easier for the colleges money.
There is nothing that needs to be monitored
really except that all the athletes are doing
their job correctly and not slacking off.
However if they were they would realize that
their source of money would be gone and
they would be stuck without a job while
everyone would be out working.