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Some of the best athletes in the world do not get paid for the sport they play in front of millions worldwide. For years, collegiate athletes have expressed their feelings on why they should be paid for what they do. 

Athletes generate massive amounts of revenue but see none of it while the universities and the NCAA make their profit. A Business Insider article details that 27 universities make in the excess of $100 million due to college sports. No player sees any percentage of that revenue. 

With the fall collegiate seasons ending and winter sports beginning, major players have voiced their opinions on the matter of salary. In some cases, major players have even left their respective team to better ensure themselves for the professional draft in the coming months, like Ohio State defensive lineman, Nick Bosa. Battling a core injury that kept him out of Ohio State games, Bosa decided to leave school in order to prepare for the draft instead of returning from injury and ruining his chances of hitting a payday next year, if he were to reaggravate his core injury. Bosa’s decision has made many analysts question whether or not players should be forced to risk injury for a season that has no effect on them. In recent years, other star players have left school early to better prepare themselves for the NFL Draft. An injury is one of the biggest concerns for these players because one injury could cost millions on their first contract.

With the fall collegiate seasons starting, major players have already voiced their opinions on the matter of salary. In some cases, major players have left their respective team to better ensure themselves for the professional draft in the coming months like Ohio State’s defensive lineman, Nick Bosa, who decided he would be leaving school in order to prepare for the draft earlier this week. Nick Bosa had been battling a core injury the whole year and decided instead of coming back to ruin his chances of getting paid next year, he decided to sit it out and get healthy instead. Bosa’s decision has made many analysts question whether or not players should be forced to risk injury for a season that has no effect on them. In recent years, other star players have left school early to better prepare themselves for the NFL Draft. An injury is one of the biggest concerns for these players because one injury could cost millions on their first contract.

The rule of mandatory college for high school athletes differs based on the sport you are looking to play. The high school stars that play baseball and hockey are allowed to go straight to their league’s professional draft if they think they are ready to make the leap to the pros. But when it comes to basketball and football, there is a mandatory rule that you must follow in order to go to college before you can enter the professional draft. For most of these athletes, they don’t want to risk getting career-ending injuries when they aren’t even getting paid. However, NBA Commissioner David Silver did suggest in June that the sport’s draft eligibility could be changed in the coming years. 

The fight between collegiate athletes and fans of the sport will continue to rage on with no clear end in sight. As the college athletes get more incentive to keep fighting and push the hand of the NCAA, the relationship between the players and business owners will be tested. As a fan, hopefully, this issue will be resolved peacefully with no damage to the sporting world. 

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Shane Morgan is currently a senior at New Milford High school. 2018 is his first year writing for The Lance. Shane has been a part of the football team...

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