College athletics happens to be one of the sources of enthralling entertainment. Students who participate in these competitions showcase a lot of talent that is admired by many. It has been a debate from the times past whether these students taking part in the competitions should be paid or not. On the other hand, governments and other organizations interested in sports especially athletics as a means of promotion and advertisement continue to provide vast sums of money as well as other forms of support to college athletes Making a decision on this, whether to endorse payment of the student participants or not has far reaching consequences. This paper seeks to address whether college athletes should be considered for payment.

The college athletes need to be paid because it leads to positive impacts on the on the participants, college, and the government.

Reasons for payment

Notably, it is believed that payment of students taking part in college athletics has an impact on the students, the learning institutions, and the nations in which the colleges are based. At the student level, offering payment would promote financial reliance and independence among the college athletes. Money given to students will allow them a chance to exercise planning and budgeting skills as well as enable them to avoid unnecessary expenditure. In the long run, this will help with the careless financial trends among the young adults by scaling up responsibility in the management of finances from a tender age. A significant advantage is accrued from this as it cuts down on the engagement in irresponsible behavior such as drug abuse and sexual immorality brought about by misplaced priorities in spending. As a result, student-athletes will build their priorities in life and focus on school.

Moreover, offering pay to the student athletes will help create their incentive in participating in the games. Many students who have talent but are reluctant to join athletics will be encouraged participate in competitions to be paid.  Participation in athletics at the college level will also serve as a foretaste of career life among athletic students. In this case, the risks involved such as injuries which discourage students from participation will be viewed as minor obstacles compared to the anticipated payment. Furthermore, the students can afford the best forms of treatment and medical care should injuries and accidents arise. On the other hand, payment also assures the participants of obtaining both physical and psychological security that is it is an expression of concern for the student athletes. Therefore, government, sporting organization, and other stakeholders should consider paying student-athletes to enhance their confidence during participation.

At the level of the institution, offering college athletes payment could provide an avenue for increased funding and improvement of infrastructure among other benefits. The government and the department in charge of sporting activities will be forced to review their budget to include payment to the students participating in athletics. These funds are channeled through the colleges.  As a result, the higher learning institutions that happen to have more athletes taking part in the competitions receive more finances.  Moreover, the availability of these funds meant for sporting activities, and payment of participants will motivate those interested and encourage increased participation in athletics among students. Greater involvement will also demand more facilities for training thus the expanding infrastructure in the colleges.

Additionally, increased participation and excellence in athletics by students within an institution will enable it to grow in fame and increase its enrolment. Since the athletics competitions begin at the national levels and proceed to the international realm, they have a great impact to in making college institutions more attractive. Given the other factors such as adequate facilities and improved infrastructure, many students will be attracted to such organizations and make it their choice when joining college. Besides, the international fame does attract not only students but also organizations and stakeholders interested in athletics. These organizations offer direction in career choice and fund the institutions as well as providing an avenue for employment opportunities to athletic students who graduate from these colleges.

At the national level, payment of college athletes will increase the government revenue through payment of taxes and insurance. The athletes who are paid will increase government revenue through payment of taxes. Moreover, they will secure insurance covers which also form part of national income. On the other hand, payment to the athletes having built their incentives and triggered their enthusiasm, the athletics competitions will be more vibrant and as such the turn up of the spectators will increase. As a result, the income generated from the sale of tickets to spectators improves the economic growth of a country. Furthermore, due to the increased fame, the spectators will emanate from different parts of the country and the world and will require various services such as hospitality, banking, and means of transport. These will trickle down as revenue to the government and form a milestone in economic development.

Reasons against Payment

Despite the need to pay the college athletes, several opposing views point out that the same might lead to negative consequences. At the student level, payment of college athletes would divert their attention from bookwork to athletics. Offering payment to students may give them a sense of contentment and financial independence which may discourage them from studies since they will afford much of what they need.  Additionally, the temptation to drop out of school is likely to arise, and this could lead to the emergence of semi-literate sportsmen and women. Notably, when students become financially stable due to payments incidences of immorality may increase. For instances, drug abuse, sexual immorality and other delinquent behaviors may occur among college athletes. Acquisition of the drugs for abuse and convincing of other students to engage in immoral acts are likely results of payment.

At the institutional level, offering pay to college athletes could result in burdens regarding expenditure as well reduced developmental activities. Incorporation of college athletes pay into the budget of the institution leaves little amounts of money for the development projects within a learning organization.  It implies that many departments mainly academic will be affected since the funds formerly allocated to cater for their needs will be shifted to pay the college athletes. Meanwhile, services provided by these departments are likely to be less satisfying, and the general quality of education offered by the institution may be compromised. Therefore, colleges will lose some of their students and may end up recording a low enrollment following their inability to provide quality educational services. Other impacts such as withdrawal of the stakeholders and other organizations that partner with these learning institutions will occur.

At the national level, payment of college athletes could increase the burden of educating these students. In this case, it is the governments that offer financial aid to the students to join college and caters for most of their expenses. Additionally, the state sponsors college athletes in their endeavors during the athletics competitions and in the case of any accidents involved; the government takes charge of their treatment and care. Consequently, attempts to further ask the government to pay college athletes are considered as an extra burden.  Moreover, the move to pay college athletes could also result in a lot of changes in the games and sports sector as a whole.  Since other co-curriculum activities such as football, basketball, volleyball, swimming among others will press for payment, there is a need to adjust the government budget to cater for all concerns.

In spite of the reasons against payment to the college athletes, it is necessary to pay them because of the motivating effect in the lives of the sports people. Besides, the government and the universities can establish effective plans to minimize or eliminate the potential consequences of making the payments. For instance, the learning institutions could ask the entire student body to pay some small amount of fee that would cater for the athletics-related expenses. Therefore, such organizations will not have to divert the money that is meant for development to pay the athletes.


Evidently, it can be deduced that offering compensation to college athletes will have an impact on the students themselves, the colleges they belong and the government in charge. These effects can be positive or negative as described above. Given these facts, the college athletes will be empowered financially and show some evidence financial responsibility. Moreover, payment will motivate college athletes, tap talents, and provide revenue for the government. On the other hand, paying the college athletes may increase incidences of immorality, eat into development funds of their institutions and could be a burden on the government budget. In spite of these demerits, offering pay to college athletes has positive significance at all levels and should be considered by any institution and the government having a future for its young athletes.