The exploitation of college athletes

Armstrong Williams | 4/17/2014, 2:32 p.m.

Opponents who argue that college athletes shouldn’t get paid because they are students, not professionals, either live in the past or are simply ill informed. These “students” don’t go to school for the education, they go to school for the sport. Like it or not, they are athletes first and students second.

Students who play college sports at an elite level work way over a typical 40-hour workweek. Along with a full schedule of classes, these players must spend hours in the gym, attend long practices and travel all over the country to play the sport they love. According to a 2011 survey conducted by the NCAA, college football players spend an average of 43.3 hours on their sport and an average of 38 hours on academics. These kids’ 81-hour workweek is far more challenging than many full-time jobs.

The NCAA and schools have taken advantage of college athletes for far too long and their excuses have run dry. The rules of the game must change. College athletes deserve to be treated fairly and given just compensation for the services they provide. The status quo is unacceptable.

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