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Should college athletes be paid?
This is a question that has plagued college sports, specifically college football, for some time now, but it has recently gained quite a bit of momentum thanks to the news that Northwestern University student athletes would be unionizing.
Both sides of this debate have reasonable points to make.
Sports certainly bring in large revenues for schools, and without the players, the fans and sponsors would not exist. Compensating the players for their time and sacrifice doesn't sound too far-fetched.
On the other hand, universities do already support their student-athletes in many ways. Oftentimes, certainly at large, D1 schools' athletes receive full scholarships that cover the costs of tuition and living expenses. As any of us "normal" college-educated folk can confirm, the price of gaining a higher education is not cheap.
This debate will go on for a very long while, as no quick action or decision is going to be made. Get ready for years of debates and squallers.
If it helps you make up your mind on this matter, however, student-athletes, if paid, would only spend their money on "weed and kicks." This is according to ESPN's Colin Cowherd (h/t Bleacher Report's Mike Chiari), anyway.
Maybe take that with a grain salt...