Have you ever made a March Madness bracket and followed the teams closely along? Or cheered as your favorite team just scored the winning goal? From basketball and football to track and swimming, most people enjoy watching college sports; however, not everyone agrees whether or not they should get paid. The NCAA should not pay college athletes to compete because then nonprofit programs would get cut, paying athletes would turn it into a professional game, and college athletes should play for the love of the game.
The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) should not pay athletes because they should be playing for the love of the game. Right now college sports are about the passion. If college athletes got paid they might start playing for money. Then they would not enjoy the game anymore. Another reason student athletes should not get paid is because most sports make little to no money for the school. A lot of people only pay attention to the sports like basketball and football, but there are many other sports that are just not as popular. If these athletes got paid, then the nonprofit programs would have to get cut. The school would lose a lot of its sport programs. Most athletes already get scholarships anyway. That alone pays for the schooling. Paying college athletes would turn it into a professional game. The athletes could start playing more for the money. "If you start paying student-athletes you essentially ruin the integrity of the college game," states NCAA President Myles Brand.
Ultimately colleges should not start paying student athletes to compete. Student athletes should play with passion, colleges should keep all of their sports, and these students should continue to play at an amateur level. Student Athletes are playing for the love of the game, not the money.