Should being a Division 1 athlete be considered a job?

With the ongoing investigation the University of Oregon faces, something came to mind.  Student athletes, especially ones here, should be getting a cut of the school’s revenue from athletics.  Pay for play is a big no-no to the NCAA, but in my mind it seems fair as student athletes put in countless hours on the field, as well as in the classroom.  While universities reap all kinds of money off their athletes, the players are rewarded with free tuition, gear and other similar commodities.  At the end of the day they are still in the same position as any other student on campus and see no financial return from their dedication to the school.

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Fan favorite Marcus Mariota has his jersey sold in stores but sees no return from it.

Let’s face it, without student athletes and their success the University of Oregon would be a completely different school.  The school sells their players’ uniforms, puts their faces on cards and shirts which are then sold.  The revenues and profits made from this are never touched by athletes, who are not allowed by the NCAA to receive any money from the school.

With injury a prevalent issue, especially in football, a player can go from a school’s biggest star to the end of his career in a single snap.  Not only would he not be able to play football anymore, but he would get nothing out of countless hours spent training, or the numerous shirts sold with his name on it.  This could even cause him to lose his scholarship and force him to drop out of school, changing his whole life.

This example is extreme, but it has happened and I would not want to see this happen to anybody.  Do you believe college athletes should be paid?  Or do universities really deserve all the money they are reaping from their student athletes?

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