College athletes are thought of to be the most advantageous students in a college, most of the time they are given a scholarship that pays for all the costs of school, plus, they are in a great position to make a name for themselves in the sporting world and prepare for the big leagues, every student’s dream. The idea of paying college athletes has even captivated famous non-athletes including Jay Bilas of ESPN. However, it first started as a question about players in video games during the early 2000’s, it has developed into an argument about payment in general. While this issue certainly is not new, it is now become intensified in recent decades and the past few years. College athletes should be paid to perform for their university considering the substantial revenue they make for the college and the immense amounts of work they put in towards the sport. In order to be treated fairly for their contribution of hard work and funding they provide for the NCAA and university. First, college athletes make an absurd amount of revenue for their college which demonstrates why they need to be paid for their services equitably. These universities are making millions of dollars on students just from singular sports like basketball or football and college athletes are getting nothing. This will continue unless the athletes are treated fairly. The NCAAM is the league that college athletes play in and the college of Louisville in 2009 made a revenue of $25,494,904 (The Business of NCAA Sports). There is only a maximum of 15 players on one basketball team so it should not be that hard to compensate the players with some sort of payment. The money made by Louisville shows how much the players are worth to the college from just one sport. If players are worth 25 million dollars they are meritorious enough to be paid. Television broadcasts of NCAA games especially the NCAA basketball tournament have also generated large amounts of revenue, “In 2008, CBS paid the NCAA about $529 million for the rights to broadcast the tournament, and earned about $549 million from makers of products advertised during the broadcasts” (Should the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) pay college athletes). The NCAA can very well pay these college athletes from just the revenue they make from basketball. One tournament made them 549 million dollars and NCAA claims to be “Non Profit” (Where does the money go?). The NCAA can at least do something with that money by giving it to the athletes who made the money for them. If one tournament made 549 million dollars, that means, that all the games in the regular season will make even more money for them to distribute to the students. The NCAA having this much money and not giving it to the students is justifying how unfair it is to the students. The amount of money being wasted by not being given to college athletes is unbearably high and college athletes being paid will end that waste, and be treated more fairly. College athletes do make a lot of money, but there is another form of payment the athletes put in during their time at college, time. Second, College athletes work easily just as much as an average full time worker during their season and practices but their doing it traveling around the country and all the time without being compensated and that is not fair to the athletes. Any person who works that hard should deserve to be rewarded and college athletes receive no direct money. The college of North Carolina is a very prestigious school of basketball and it shows based of the hard work of the students who go there, ” Collegiate student-athletes may spend more than 40 hours a week practicing, leaving little time to keep up with academic commitments… a separate NCAA survey, from 2006, which found that student-athletes spent an average of 45 hours per week on athletics” (Here’s The Insane Amount Of Time Student-Athletes Spend On Practice). Spending 45 hours a week on something that earns nothing for the person doing it, is pointless. That is on average around seven hours a day which is mostly equivalent to an average work day for an adult. The students putting in that much hard work for nothing makes people question why they are even doing it because it is just hurting their academics. That can be fixed by treating them fair and paying the athletes for their monumental amount of work. The NCAA has a rule in place on overworking athletes, but the athletes say other wise, “Officially, the NCAA restricts student-athletes’ in-season practice to 20 hours per week, or four hours per day. Many student-athletes, however, reported that they practice at least 30 hours a week on average” and a player at UNC has strong opinions too “My intention is for people to know that I did everything that was asked of me, on the court and off the court. But the university and the NCAA failed to keep their promise to me and other college athletes, and in turn we seek justice” (Here’s The Insane Amount Of Time Student-Athletes Spend On Practice). This statement from the basketball player illustrates that even the students feel terrible and overworked. The player coming out and saying this means that other students will also feel this way and another student, and so forth. If the players are consistently putting in extra work like the student at North Carolina they should at least be rewarded with payment. Imagine having a boss work someone overtime not just once but every single time they go to work, but they are not compensated, that is not fair and the college athletes should not be the ones working overtime with no reward. Some argue that college athletes do not need any form of pay from the NCAA even in the form of a salary since they already receive scholarships worth up to tens of thousands of dollars annually. However, many scholarships only cover the fees of basic education and a big sports schedule can inhibit most players from getting sufficient funds. Also, since the sports prevent them from getting an outside job how will they get money to pay for all the fees that come with an expensive education when a scholarship does not cover it all including debt. College is very expensive and athletic scholarships do not cover all the expenses “Including room and board, tuition for NCAA schools is between $20,000 and $50,000 per year while the average scholarship for athletes not involved in the high profile sports of basketball and football is only $8,707” (The Costs Of College Athletics). It is straight numbers that college athletes do not have enough money. People commonly misjudge the power of a scholarship, and even for college athletes it is not enough. Even if it is just enough of money to pay for their tuition college athletes should still be paid. There are lots of college athletes that do not make enough money from a scholarship and college football player from the school of Wisconsin, O’Brien Schofield, said “We got $1,100 a month,… You pay rent at $650, you pay your cell phone bill and if you have a car up there you have to pay for parking. How do you pay for your bills and groceries” (Why Full Scholarships And Stipends Don’t Add Up For Student-Athletes). Schofield implies that he does not get enough money which proves that the argument of scholarships being enough for college athletes is invalid. The most credible source of college athletes is an actual college athlete and Schofield proves that scholarships do not cover the debt he is in and he deserves a payment. Schofield also proves that scholarships does not even cover basic necessities of life like rent and groceries overtaking the amount of money received from a scholarship and that is just two examples of the many fees he has, and since the athletes are practicing almost all the time they can not get an outside job providing scholarships are invalid. Student debt has been a problem for many years and is terrible for people wanting to start a career outside of college and that does not change for people with scholarships, “Chances are, if you went to college in the United States, you have student loan payments to think about every month — approximately 70 percent of grads leave college with student debt” (Here’s how much the average American in their 20s has in student debt)… including people with scholarships. Of the students in debt colleges should at least pay some people like the ones who make money for the university like the athletes. Paying them will result in a less amount of people in debt for the college. When people apply for that college they will see that less people go in debt after college and that will influence their decision of attending that university. Since the average percent of college students in debt even with scholarships is over 70 percent that proves that scholarships are still not enough for the student and they should be compensated with a salary. The scholarship that a college athlete receives definitely is a valuable accommodation, but that scholarship is just not enough for the student to cover all of their payments and scholarships being enough for the student is false. College athletes make too much money for the college and spend more than enough time working for the college to not be compensated so its unacceptable for the athletes not to be paid. If someone buys another person a gift putting in lots of hard work wrapping it and spending the money on the present, it is expected that the person buying a gift will be the recipient of a well made thank you note. This theory can be related to the idea of paying college athletes back for the money they make for the university and the hard work they put in. Yes, the scholarships can be considered as that payment but it is not enough for the student’s substantial fees. The time commitments and revenues, that millions of student athletes play with can all be related to those found on a professional level also, but, there are just as many athletes who do not play with these similarities. It is true that not all student athletes qualify as professionals, but if they do, they should be paid. College athletes should be monetarily compensated for their work. However, these student athletes must fit into specific categories regarding revenues and time spent in the sport, since the criteria is straight statistics, it should be relatively easy for the NCAA or university to divide the money accordingly. Another action that can be done to get college athletes be paid that anyone can do are investments. If someone who truly believes that college athletes should be paid they can help by investing in the college sports program. The money invested will go to the university giving them a way to compensate the players, and the people investing can even make their money back and college athletes will be paid and treated fairly.