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COLLEGE STATION, Texas —
The never-ending debate that has been enduring for the past three years is being brought up yet again. Following the drama between the NCAA and Northwestern University, where the NCAA approved Northwestern for unionization regarding their football players. Northwestern has been appealing, and I’ll leave it at that because if you cared, you’d be reading about that, not if college athletes should be paid or not.
WHY THEY SHOULD BE PAID:
When you look at college football players like Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel, guys that will instantaneously become NFL-caliber players when they begin their college careers, could see some compensation their way. I mean, what’s the issue? Especially when it comes to autograph signings. Fifty bucks for signing a couple hundred autographs does not hurt anybody.
Johnny Manziel did just that and faced the consequences. Well, actually, he really did not face the consequences. Manziel was suspended for violating the NCAA’s policy. The consequence Manziel faced, you ask? One half. Manziel was suspended for the first half of a game against the Rice Owls. I won’t go on about how he threw three touchdowns. The NCAA tried to make a point for a stupid rule.
WHY THEY SHOULD NOT BE PAID:
If you’re on a scholarship, that is free school. You are going to a very nice school, doing something you love, and sleeping in a dorm for free, in most cases. Why do you need extra cash when you’re going to sign a several-hundred thousand dollar signing bonus when you make it to the NFL, if you do of course.
In the case of Johnny, he should be happy people are asking for his autograph, and willing to pay for it. He is a spoiled college athlete in that case, and wants to be making money.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Money is good and everybody likes money. Let them make money if they would like to make money.
~Alex Strouf (@LetsGoAlex)