In recent days, there has been a considerable amount of dialogue concerning the topic of compensating college athletes above athletic scholarships. President of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Mark Emmert was asked about the possibility of paying college athletes. He responded “We can never move to a place where we are paying players to play sports for us” (Garcia, 2010). This comment sparked the ever-reoccurring ethical debate of exploitation in Division I athletics. On one hand there is a strong argument that student-athletes are already receiving benefits and additional money besides financial aid and scholarship money would change student-athletes of universities into employees of the universities. On the other hand, we see how much money basketball and football student-athletes make for the industry during times like march madness and the rose bowl—certainly more than they are being compensated through their athletic scholarships.
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