Created by Lacey O'Dowd
While many people think that college athletes live the life of luxury, many people overlook all of the time and energy they have to invest in their sport. This time commitment makes it almost impossible for athletes to do anything outside of studying, practicing, and playing, raising the question, "should these athletes be paid?", which is the question I will research.
With the tremendous amounts of money made through these athletic programs many people find it crazy to not pay the athletes themselves.
Clemson averages 20 million dollars in football ticket sales/ year. Photo taken by me September 10th.
However, this money is not fairly distributed.
"So many people made money off of Alabama-Clemson except for the payers."- USA Today
Currently, schools try to make up for this by offering athletes different scholarships and a collection of free things.
Athletes have spoken out about how these perks don't compensate properly for the time and effort they put into their sport. For example, Richard Sherman talks about his lack of money during his time as a student athlete.
To continue my research, I plan to watch more videos, conduct interviews, read articles, and research data bases to find out more about the commitment by athletes to their programs and where exactly the money generated through these programs is distributed.
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