Bill Maher Calls College Basketball 'A Complete Sham' On 'Real Time'

03/21/2015 03:30 pm ET | Updated Mar 21, 2015

There's been a lot of talk this March Madness season about the NCAA's refusal to pay college athletes. On "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday night, the host weighed in on the controversy during a conversation with his panel guest and NBC broadcaster Bob Costas.

"I think they should be paid a stipend," Costas said. "But if you pay them a salary, you're basically waving the white flag and saying this is a complete sham. That's all it is. Which they've allowed it to become."

"But it is a complete sham," said Maher.

Last week, comedian John Oliver also commented on the situation, criticizing the "billion-dollar sports enterprise where the athletes are not paid a penny."

"Now before you get too shocked," Oliver said. "Remember that America has a long, proud history of paying aging white men unconscionable amounts of money for screaming at people."

Check out Maher's comments around the 2:50 mark above.

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