Posted by emfleek
Posted by airkerma
There is absolutely no reason for student athletes to be paid a dime.
They are students playing for an academic institution, not a professional organization; they are students, not professionals. They are more than welcome to take advantage of grants/scholarships...just like everyone else. More than likely they are already receiving a free ride to attend a college, which amounts to quite a bit of money, allowing them to compete in the first place. A student will not earn a living wage by doing research (undergrad) or by getting good grades. The department and their professors will benefit from the fruits of their labor, whether it be research related or prestige related.
What these athletes are doing, much like the student who spends late nights in the lab/lib in order to excel in their field, is building a resume for when they leave college. If they want to get paid, they can try their hands at the free market.
As soon as colleges start giving athletes money while taking from the actual students, they are basically stating "hey we don't actually give a damn about education and academic development despite that being the purpose of college in the first place". Whether or not the school makes money from a sports team does alter the fact that first and foremost, it is a school, not a sports team.