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the ncaa ought to represent student athletes as employees under the fair labor standards act

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Started: 12/11/2017 Category: News
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take this on a moral standpoint how could you not give an athlete who does so much for a university a paycheck as a way to give thanks



To begin, NCAA athletes are not employees. They are students attending a university to further their education while competing in an intercollegiate sport. In no way do they even resemble employees.
1. You state that colleges should pay their athletes as a way to give thanks. Athletes, according to an article entitles "How to Win a Sports Scholarship" by the, either receive full-ride scholarships or no scholarships depending on the school's desire for the athlete
2. Not only are University's choosing athletes; athletes are choosing the university they are attending. Why should a University have to pay a student, who is enrolled as a student, any money for playing college ball. Universities alone accepting an athlete should be thanks enough for that athlete.
3. This argument has already been presented to the U.S Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit which was ARGUED on SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 " DECIDED DECEMBER 5, 2016 in, Gillian Berger vs. NCAA. The case, which was Penn State track athletes arguing that they should be paid for their services, tried to appeal to the courts. The court motioned in favor of the NCAA unanimously.

This is a excerpt from the above stated court case, "Appellants in this case have not, and quite frankly cannot,
allege that the activities they pursued as student athletes
qualify as "work" sufficient to trigger the minimum wage
requirements of the FLSA. Student participation in collegiate
athletics is entirely voluntary. "
With this in mind, I disagree NCAA athletes should be considered employees.
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