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Should college athletes get paid?

A question that has been on the minds of many in the college sporting world is whether or not college athletes should be paid.  I am actually doing a research paper on this topic, and a new report just came out today about four former Auburn football players who received money from Boosters.  Chaz Ramsey, Troy Reddick, Stanley McClover and Raven Gray, alleged they received money as part of a pay-for-play scheme during their time at Auburn.  “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO is having a show on the story tonight.  Players claimed to have been persuaded to commit to another school because the boosters were paying them more money.

When people say that college players are getting paid, it is not just money they are receiving, but also academic help, cars, and much much more.  Stanley McClover told “Real Sports” that boosters from Auburn, Michigan State, and Ohio State arranged for him to get money as well as other attractions such as sexual services when he was being recruited.  These college athletes generate hundreds of millions of dollars for their institutions and do not see one dime of it.  Some may argue that and say they do see some of it in terms of scholarships, but it is not spending cash.  Why should a college player bring in millions of dollars for a Saturday afternoon football game, and not have enough money to go out to dinner later that night with his girlfriend?

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