Thursday, June 16, 2011

Should we be Paying Student Athletes? Maturi Doesn't Think So

In an article in the Startribune, Joe Maturi was interviewed and was asked if he believed that students athletes should be paid. He said no and that he thought it would be really complicated if it was that way. "Is it just people that play in the games or do you include the reserves as well? It's a complicated issue. I think that if the kids leave the university with their degree, they are leaving with something that's going to impact them for the rest of their lives. If they don't leave here with their degree, then it's not good for us and it's not good for them. But I'm against paying." (Startribune)

Here's my opinion on it. Why not pay these players? Sure, a degree can lead to a lot of money, but the Universities are making SO much money off of these kids. Prime example, how about when they sell jerseys with the number of a player on it. Sure, it doesn't say the players name on the back, but it's practically the same thing. The schools are marketing players and they should be making money. I think that they should pay the reserves just as much as the stars. Take the revenue that the team made and split a small amount of it among the players on the team. These schools are making a lot of money off these sports teams, they surely can afford it.

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