Should College Athletes Get Paid?

JOHNNY-MONEYShould college athletes get paid? That is a question that has been asked plenty of times before and will continue to be asked, essentially until they do start getting paid.

According to INDYSTAR, NCAA is approaching $1 billion in revenue. Yes, that’s a lot of money. So, the question is, why can’t the people that make the NCAA relevant get a piece of that money? It’s time for the players to get paid.

The counterargument is that, “well if they are good enough, they will get paid in the NFL”. True, but why make them wait?

A lot of the college athletes are on scholarships, which pretty much pays for all the basic things like tuition, dorm pricing and a basic meal plan. To some of the

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athletes, that is more than enough to get by, for some, it is not even close.

Take a look at Todd Gurley. Gurley was drafted 10th overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2015 NFL Draft, so, he is getting paid now. But what about in college?

Gurley is arguably the best running back to ever play at the University of Georgia. We can’t forget about Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst, Knowshon Moreno and current sophomore running back, Nick Chubb. In his career, Gurley rushed for 3,285 yards to go along with 36 touchdowns. He also had 6 receiving and 2 kick return touchdowns. He was spectacular.

Gurley made the University of Georgia a lot of money. Every home game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, the seats were filled with number 3 jerseys. Although, college jerseys don’t come with names on the back, we knew the number 3 was for Todd.

Despite all of his on-field success, he found himself in some trouble off the field. Gurley was caught on camera signing autographs for money.

“One source in the autograph industry told ESPN’s Darren Rovell that it was known that Gurley was seeking between $8 and $25 per signature, charging less to an autograph dealer if he signed more pieces.” (ESPN.com)

Gurley had to give the a portion of the money back, complete 40 hours of community service and was suspended 4 games that season.

We have witnessed many other cases of players getting suspended for making money off of their name such as another former Georgia star, WR A.J Green, and former Texas A&M star, QB Johnny Manziel.

So, in my opinion, I think that college athletes should get paid. I mean, after all, they are the reason the NCAA generates so much money.

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Dwyane Wade, Heat Agree to New, One-Year Contract

And a sigh of relief is heard by the Miami Heat fans across the world, including myself. It is almost a guarantee that every Miami Heat fan is a fan because of Dwyane Wade, unless you have lived longer, and have been a fan since before 2003, the year Wade was drafted 5th overall by the Miami Heat.

Dwyane has done a lot for this organization, such as winning the Heat’s first NBA Championship in 2006, and winning 2 more in 2012 and 2013.

He was also the main reason LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, along with Chris Bosh.

The personality and character that Wade has is very hard to find in a player, so NBA front offices need to keep and appreciate a player that has those qualities.

For someone with an impressive resume as Wade, he has never been the highest paid player on the team. But now it is time for Dwyane Wade to get the money he wants AND deserves.

Dwyane Wade opted out of the final year of his $16.1 million dollar contract to test the NBA free agent market-something that sent Heat fans into shock and into question.

Wade can’t leave Miami, right? Where else would he want to play? What happened to the “Heat Lyfer” slogan? More and more questions piled up. This led to twitter users, such as myself, to tweet Miami Heat/NBA beat writers question upon question about Dwyane Wade. It also led to Miami Heat Center, Hassan Whiteside, saying that he is not answering anymore questions about Wade’s free agency: “Man if another person ask me if d wade staying in Miami I’m going to lose it! I DONT KNOW!!! I just catch LOBS from the man..”

As each day passes without a word from Wade, the stress level in Heat fans continues to rise.

Then came July 2nd. It’s reported that Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat agree to a one year contact worth $20M.

Heat fans across the world exhale, until next July when Pat Riley, Dwyane Wade, and the Heat fans have to go through this again.dwadefinals