I play for the love of the game. That is usually the phrase that professional athletes say when are asked, why do they play sports?
Sure, I guess that is one of the reasons why they play. That, and also because professional athletes make crazy amounts of money. I am talking millions and close to billions of dollars. From their salaries to off the court and field promotions such as advertisements, appearances and products.
This is when the question comes into play, if professional athletes get paid by their teams then why don’t college athletes get paid by their schools. I think if you start paying college athletes it will create a lot of controversy.
First off, who would decide how much each athlete gets paid and what amount of money? Do the star players get paid because they are better than the players on the bench? There are so many unanswered questions that need to be answered.
As a sports fan, what makes watching college games so much better than the pros is that these kids are playing hard and are giving their all. They are playing for a chance to make it to the pros and make money. I think that they need to prove themselves on the college levels and show that they deserve to make money at the next level.
If you pay college players now it will hurt them as an athlete and as a person.
It would take away their drive to go out and compete at a high level every single game that they play. They will sit back and collect their money, not caring if they would win or lose. I think that this is a problem with the pros today.
Professional athletes get yelled at by fans because they know that they are slacking off and not caring if their team wins or loses. As a professional athlete, you have an obligation to play to your fullest potential every game no matter what the score is.
I think that the system should stay they way that it is now. Let college players learn hard work and how to play the game to the fullest, let them earn their way to the pros.
Let’s just hope these college players can learn how to play for the love of the game and not love for the money.