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College athletics is a billion dollar industry and has been for a very long time. Due to the increasing ratings of college athletics, this figure will continue to rise. College athletes should get paid to play for many reasons. First of all, college athletes bring in millions of dollars through merchandise and games. Then most of the athletes that have the opportunity to leave school and turn professional do so, because college athletes live in near poverty. Thirdly, if college athletes aren’t allowed to work how can they afford necessary expense if they come from poor families?
College athletes bring in millions of dollars to their schools. For example, the University of Miami received about 8 million dollars for the Miami Hurricanes playing in the Nokia Sugar Bowl. The apparel also brings in a lot of money by selling hats, footballs, and jerseys. Also the Orange Bowl holds over 60,000 people and they sell tickets at an average of 20 dollars each. Therefore, players should receive some of this money because without them the schools wouldn’t receive all the money and popularity.
Second, college athletes live in near poverty because the money they receive isn’t enough to pay for all of the expenses. The few athletes that graduate from college, that could turn professional before their senior year, stay because their parents support them by sending money. If college athletes are eligible to be paid, there would be more athletes graduating. Paying athletes would be good for everyone and players would go for an education instead of only concentrating on sports.
Last, if college athletes are not allowed to work, even if they have the extra time to do so, they have to sacrifice meals, new clothes, and other necessary items in order to save money for their future. Some of the players who receive no money from their families accept illegal…...

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