College ? Adults as young as 17 years

College athletes          College football is one of America’s favorite past times.  There has been some debate about college athletes being compensated for their work.  College athletes should receive compensation.  College athletes should be paid because they work hard and the schools they are attending receive money for their hard work. ? Adults as young as 17 years old are amongst the stars of many of America’s favorite college football or basketball teams.  These athletes are just entering the beginning of their adult lives and careers, many can go on to perform on professional teams. They have worked hard their entire lives to be super star students and athletes, all for the chance to play at college and pro levels.  The issue with these young professionals is that many of them will become injured during their college careers.  When these injuries occur, this leaves the young adult without a future plan.  Yes, many of them plan for injury and have other options to explore but most of them are not nearly as profitable as becoming a professional athlete.  So why not employ these athletes now?  Colleges should pay for their athletics students’ performance.  These students should be compensated for their potentially dangerous works.  ? Another strong argument for paying the college level athletes boils down to pure common sense.  You rarely meet a college student these days that don’t have to work.  Most college students rely on their earned income to help sustain themselves through their schooling.  A college athlete simply cannot work.  They spend hours a day practicing their sport for their team.  Where does their extra income for basic needs come from?  Many parents cannot afford to maintain these expenses for their student.  Who foots this bill?  The schools do not.  If the student was compensated by the school, they would have another resource for taking care of basic needs.   ?Colleges also make huge profits from their athletic programs.  From ticket sales to concession Profits, the industry is profitable.  If you have ever been to a college football game, you know how costly the tickets to attend can be.  These profits often go back into the athletic programs or other areas of the school but shouldn’t some of these proceeds go back to the athletes themselves?  After all, the athlete is the one who has a lot to lose if injured.  Once an injury has accrued there is no going back for these students.  They typically cannot play their chosen sport any longer and in some cases, they will even lose valuable study time and may not be able to even continue in their education, or it may have to be postponed.     Some argument will be made that most athletes school tuition is paid for and that iscompensation enough.  While this is typically true, shouldn’t these athletes be compensated with actual currency?  If these students were compensated on top of having their tuition paid, they would be able to have money saved in case of injury.  If a student is injured there could be residual medical needs for their entire life.  They may need to have  to funds that can help cover life long medical issues.   As well as having medical expenses to take into consideration, the student may also lose their scholarship.  If the student loses their scholarship, they now have medical expenses and tuition to pay.  So a once “privileged” student instantly becomes just another ordinary student that cant afford college tuition.  How is this right Or fair?  I do not feel that it is! College can be the beginning or the end of these players careers, if the latter is the case then these players could at least be compensated for what they have risked.  If laws were changed to allow compensation for college level athletes, the way American sports are played would see a entire new risk and reward system in place for these athletes.  I have faith that within the next 10 years we will see a revolution for the college level player.