Our Athletes Speak Out: Should College Athletes Be Paid?

As the seasons prepare to resume, another semester of long practices and late nights are ahead. Many athletes are wrapping up their short-lived summer break as it is back to the grind.

The controversy surrounding these student athletes is has been ongoing for years now: Should college athletes be paid to play?

From time to time, this subject is brought up stirring up discussion regarding the possibility of paying these athletes and then the conversation dies down and everything goes back to normal.

There are many different components to this argument. However, we were able to sum those debate points up in 5 simple questions.


  1. Should college athletes be paid? Yes or No.
  2. Why or Why not?
  3. How many hours on average do you (student athlete) dedicate to your school work vs your sport?
  4.  Should the pay be in the form of a stipend or salary? (How much?)
  5. If you had to put a dollar amount on how much you and/or your sport was worth to your school…What would it be?

Here are what real college athletes had to say:

“Yes…A good majority of the money that universities make is off of the athlete and we risk a lot to play these sports. Per week I would say sports take up 20 hours and school takes up 18 hours (of my time). I feel as though we should be paid salary, about half of the cost of tuition per semester and that my sport is worth $75k to my school” -Romeion Moore, Football (Defensive End), Lindenwood University

“Yes…College athletes miss out on holidays and great college years. Just because tuition is paid for, its still hard for us. We can’t get good jobs that will accommodate our hectic schedules. I feel it is not fair. Our families have to work harder when we are off to school (to provide) food, clothing, and spending money. I dedicate 75% of my time to sports because that is my ride (way) through school. I think the school makes over $500k (on sports). You may think it’s crazy, but it’s true. Just think about the tickets sold to fans and even concessions stands during our games. We contribute in an enormous way.” -Java Brock, Basketball (Point Gaurd), Southwestern Illinois College

“Yes…Their likeness is used as a commodity that generates a significant amount of money for the Universities while we often struggle to live. I spend about 10 or more hours weekly on school work and 25 or more on my sport including practices. My preference would be a stipend to prevent competition to log hours…I look at it like this, Universities buy multi million dollar facilities for us to use the money the athletic department generates, so millions are being made. I understand there are salaries, travel costs, food, and other things we need to pay for, so I see it from both sides.”- Carleton Rivers Jr., Basketball (Guard), Drake University

“Yes…Not everyone makes it “big”, but many college athletes do. That success recruits other athletes to attend that University. I spend 18 hours or more on perfecting my sport and 5-10 hours a week on schoolwork. I would prefer a stipend; as athletes we don’t eat enough due to cafeteria hours so I would be able to purchase food with that money. Also, I know the school gets paid when we make it to nationals, but of course they don’t tell us how much.” -Darren Payton, Track (Mid-distance runner), Tennessee Wesleyan University

“Yes because as a college athlete and competing on a collegiate level if you are not in class you have to dedicate most of your time to your sport…School work is about 7 hours a day vs my sport is about 6 hours a day on average…Stipend/$200 a month…I think the school makes about $6000 on my sport” -Kiarra Herron, Volleyball (Outside Hitter), Harris Stowe University

The general conclusion, coming straight from the mouth of the athletes is YES. These students are on average donating the same if not more time to their sports versus their school work. Many believe that this dedication calls for compensation. CampusLately wants to hear from YOU. Are you an athlete or even a coach? Do you think college athletes should be awarded monetarily?If not, is the popularity and education enough pay for what they do? If so, what are the consequences and repercussions of paying college athletes?

Damica Odom74 Posts

Tennessee State University. Future Fashion Journalist. "God is with her, she can not fail"


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