If you have read my blog, you know from time to time I dabble in topics outside of health care. One of those interests is sports. Of late, there has been a lot of discussion in the media regarding whether college athletes should be paid. As an economist, it should come as no surprise that I support individuals being compensated for their labor. A new documentary titled Schooled: The Price of College Sports, looks at the issue in more detail. Below is a quote from Wages of Wins that puts some perspective on the topic.
I don’t doubt that people care about athletes. But if you care about somebody, deal first with their rights. Imagine this: suppose the university were to say we’re going to have amateurism for all the students on our campus, so we can be consistent. And that means that you can’t get a job at the campus bookstore if you’re an undergraduate, that you can’t be paid as a teaching assistant if you’re a graduate student. You’re an amateur.