All this Manziel talk is bringing up the debate of whether or not players should get paid. (Side note: he apparently sold autographs for rims for his car...).
I'm sure you've heard it all, where do you stand?
I'm a firm no. Bottom line, they're saving thousands and thousands of dollars. Even if regular students have jobs, they don't make near enough to cover tuition. They graduate with loads of debt usually. Athletes get food, shelter, clothes, tutors, etc. so what if they can't afford to go to the movies? Some regular students can't either.
Another thing I don't get is how they would pay them. How do you decide what men's basketball players get compared to women's. Or men's basketball compared to men's soccer. Or Purdue football compared to Alabama football.
I imagine they kid's parents had enough money to allow them to go out to movies and now they don't have to pay for food, clothes, etc. and they can't afford to give them a little extra money? I'm sure some can't, but I don't know any athletes who struggled that bad.
They aren't professional athletes. They are students who play sports. Interns make companies money. Bands make schools money. Student organizations make/save money for schools. Not on the same scale obviously, but still.
Imagine companies had small organizations students could work at for free, and the best would get paid millions of dollars. So many kids would do that over having a minimum-wage, part-time job.
Those are my main thoughts, how do you feel?