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Should student athletes be paid?

Since the formation of the NCAA in 1910, college athletics have become increasingly popular and prevalent in American culture. Student athletes compete at a highly competitive level, are heavily recruited, and generate large sums of money for their universities every year. In recent years, many have criticized the NCAA's policies on student athletes by advocating for student athletes to be paid as compensation for the benefits they help bring to their schools.


March Madness Tips Off With Renewed Debate on Student-Athlete Compensation

Additional resources to think about

Money and March Madness 
This video from FRONLINE includes an exploration of the money the NCAA, the coaches, and universities make through March Madness.

Paying college athletes won’t solve the big problem with US college sports
A journalist writes an argument on why paying college athletes isn't worth the cost.

NCAA Reform Starts with Us
This opinion piece from NFL player Russell Okung details first hand what it's like to be a top-tier college athlete and what it would mean if student-athletes were paid.

NCAA Sports Bring in $1 Billion a Year - Why Aren't the Athletes Paid?
This video from Business Insider details the reasons why the NCAA doesn't pay student-athletes and what it means for "amateur sports."

An Argument For Not Allowing College Athletes to Earn Compensation
The author of a New Yorker essay talks to NPR about his opinion and why the continued professionalization of college athletes is a big issue for universities.

NCAA clears way for athletes to profit from names, images and likenesses
This ESPN article details the new NCAA decision to allow students to receive compensation from their names and likenesses and what it means for the fight for paid compensation.


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Should student athletes be paid?

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