Whether college athletes should be compensated is an ongoing discussion among industry leaders, as of 2014. The majority of college athletes have their tuition paid through scholarships and are given exposure that could win them professional contracts, providing more than enough compensation for their efforts.
Additionally, college athletes are not forced to participate in their respective sports, and choose to get involved knowing they will not be compensated. Paying college athletes would further the gap between smaller and larger universities, putting smaller schools at a huge disadvantage.
NCAA president Mike Emmert has stood firm in his stance against paying participants, declaring that athletics and education need to be more closely aligned.