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    Re: Should college students be able to unionize?

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    That's just not enough.
    So around $40k at minimum is just not enough? By this thought, I should've stopped doing well in school and just practiced sports my whole life. Could make a living in college alone
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    Re: Should college students be able to unionize?

    I don't agree with college players getting paid nor do I see a need for a union but they definitely should be able to if they choose.
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    Re: Should college students be able to unionize?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastIndependent View Post
    So around $40k at minimum is just not enough? By this thought, I should've stopped doing well in school and just practiced sports my whole life. Could make a living in college alone
    Considering the going rate in many football leagues is much more than that, no it isn't.
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    Re: Should college students be able to unionize?

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    I think they're part student but not fully and part professional athlete but not fully. With regular students, education comes first. With NCAA student athletes playing ball and winning games comes first.
    They most certainly are not professional athletes. If they were they would be employees.

    Playing and winning games is their study, it helps them build their skill for their career. What is so special about people that play games for amusement that they ought to be payed for their education?

    Couches get money because the university pays them to coach their students. They get posted what they are worth.

    They answer to a coach who is often a millionaire and sometimes a multi-millionaire.
    If students that play games for amusement were couches they would make millions also. They aren't employees they are consumers. The coach is an employee.

    The schools fill up stadiums and arena grossing millions per game. The schools have seven figure athletic shoe endorsements. The school gets TV ad revenue and sells team apparel. I just think its only fair for the students to get something and I'm okay with squirrelling all away in a Roth IRA or something similar.
    They get plenty. Free education and possibility to be selected for the pros. I am okay with them getting the way more than generous perks they get already. Giving them money would turn colleges into a professional game playing league. The millions that they make on amusement games ifs reinvested into the school. The players get. plenty of compensation. A free degree.
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    Re: Should college students be able to unionize?

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    That's just not enough.
    Well they don't have to play ball. Why should they get payed for being students? If they want to earn money theycan drop playing games or take out a loan, or get a job.

    There is no reason to pay them. They are students. No other student is payed for their labor.
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    Re: Should college students be able to unionize?

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    Considering the going rate in many football leagues is much more than that, no it isn't.
    Considering how few athletes become professional athletes... they're still there for college. They're given benefits to do things other than college. How that isn't enough you'll have to explain.
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    Re: Should college students be able to unionize?

    Since it is targeting student athletes, I am in hopelessly in the middle. On one hand, I think that they receive decent compensation by having their tuition and living fees addressed (that's a substantial sum of money per year). With the steady rise in tuition, student fees, program fees, book fees or any other feeds, this is a big burden that has been lifted from their shoulders. I'd hardly like to further reward sports, when I think it has a disproportionate focus on the university system as it is. Unless the funds can come from other efforts, that's just yet another excuse to make it difficult for other programs to justify their existing budgets.

    On the other hand, the program and the university enormously profit from their efforts. Student athletes also face crippling injury and medical fees and less time to complete their studies.
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    Re: Should college students be able to unionize?

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    Considering the going rate in many football leagues is much more than that, no it isn't.
    I personally think it's way too much. They get free education, free housing and they get to play games.
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    Re: Should college students be able to unionize?

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    Considering how few athletes become professional athletes... they're still there for college. They're given benefits to do things other than college. How that isn't enough you'll have to explain.
    Because they are putting their body on the line. They are risking life long bodily harm and the schools are benefiting greatly. The least they could do is pay for their medical bills. It's that simple.
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    Re: Should college students be able to unionize?

    Quote Originally Posted by CLAX1911 View Post
    I personally think it's way too much. They get free education, free housing and they get to play games.
    The school is making so much more money off of them it's ridiculous. The fact that their medical bills related to their time playing the game isn't paid for by the schools is ridiculous.
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