Payment for play time

Joshua Aka, Staff 

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All college student-athletes should be paid. As a current student-athlete in high school, it is my strong belief that athletes deserve to be paid.
For starters, student-athlete’s pictures, jersey numbers, and other likeness are used numerous of times on universities’ products and advertising, yet when the student-athlete tries to make a profit, the NCAA suspends them.
What sense does that make?  It doesn’t. The logic seems fair. Athletes without a doubt should be able to sign autographs and charge whatever I see fit and not have to worry about being suspended. But that’s not the case.
In 2014, the NCAA suspending former University of Georgia running back, Todd Gurley, for receiving cash for signing autographs. (Retrieved from http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/11783535/georgia-bulldogs-rb-todd-gurley-given-four-game-suspension-ncaa).  
That’s just not fair and that’s why I’m a strong supporter of pay for the student-athletes. If they can’t make money on his/her particular name —then pay them. Point. Blank. Period.
Secondly, unlike regular students, student-athletes spend countless hours in the classroom and on the field/court, which further extends my stance that the student-athlete should be paid.
An NCAA study revealed that in 2015, the average Division I athlete spent 34 hours per week on his or her sport during the season. (Retrieved from https://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/duke/article192121459.html)   
I personally know the struggle of having to complete classroom assignments, go to football practice and then home to complete more work which is very difficult. I’m tired, hungry, sleepy and the list goes on.
And that’s why the student-athletes are deserving of payment for their hard work both in classroom and on the court/field.
Another reason is because the NCAA has the money to pay all college student-athletes. Just last year, in 2017, the NCAA made more than $1 billion in revenue. (Retrieved from https://money.cnn.com/2018/03/09/news/march-madness-nba-paying-college-athletes/index.html).They can afford it.
The student-athletes should receive payment from this profit, and not just in the form of education, housing and food.  The athletes are doing majority of the work, not the coaches. Furthermore, the coaches who aren’t doing the performing on the field/court, receive bonuses for winning a national championship game, yet the players only receive team gifts.
The University of Alabama’s coaches received 1.27 million in bonuses for winning the title game. (Retrieved from https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2018/01/09/alabama-coaches-to-receive-dollar127-million-in-bonuses-after-national-championship-win/23328614/).
The players should have received an extra incentive for winning the game. I stand with the players who are paving the way for younger players like me.
Paying all college student-athletes is much needed.