There is a raging debate among some fans of college athletics as to whether or not the NCAA should approve of a policy that would allow student-athletes that play college football to be paid a monthly stipend of various amounts ($300 has been mentioned by a few) to compensate them for their extra effort and time commitments required to participate in collegiate athletics.
Those that argue for the stipend insist that the Universities are making big money from college athletics, primarily from revenue generated by their football teams, and are not fairly sharing the wealth with the student-athletes that are generating that revenue.
This group often calls the treatment of college athletes "abusive" and even goes as far as to compare their treatment to "slave labor".
Those that support paying college athletes claim that the stipends would reduce or even eliminate the illegal payments often received by student-athletes in violationof NCAA rules. They cite the fact that many of the college athletes come from backgrounds of poverty and therefore can't afford even simple expenses associated with college life on campus and away from home.
Those that oppose the payment of college athletes cite the fact that a recentstudy releasedby the NCAA stated that only fourteen (14) Universities out of 120 D-1 schools reported a profit from the activities of their athletic departments.
They also claim that these student-athletes at private schools like the University of Miami are receiving approximately $50,000 a year in direct benefits from their scholarships that include tuition, room and board, meals, books and other expenses.
This group argues that student-athletes on a full scholarship to major universities all across the U.S. are actually "privileged" and are given a chance to earn a college degree that they would never have had access to without playing college sports.
Those opposed to paying college athletes also claim that it would be unfair to pay athletes of any one sport and not pay all athletes. They claim that college tennis players, lacrosse players, swim team members and even cheerleaders also make similar sacrifices of time and effort.
They also state that it would be unfair to pay college athletes and not other students who may be in school on an academic scholarship and in similar financial situations as many of the college athletes themselves.
So, now we ask you the fans to vote on this issue: Should college athletes be paid? To pay or not to pay: that is the question...