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Paying College Athletes

Solution Regarding Paying College Athletes or Not is Simple

Ken Reed | Posted 11.13.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

Paying athletes salaries as university employees is impractical, given the complex set of ancillary issues that option raises. However, allowing college athletes to receive money from outside the athletic department is much more straightforward.

Travis Waldron

Lawmakers Take Aim At 'Abysmal Cesspool' Of College Sports | Travis Waldron | Posted 06.12.2015 | Sports

The bill could give the federal government a role in reshaping the way the NCAA treats college athletes.

Paying College Athletes: Take Two

Andrew Zimbalist | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports
Andrew Zimbalist

The idea that there's plenty of money to pay the athletes a salary largely comes from the existing system of surrogate pay and superfluous expenditure that currently exists. If the athletes get salaries, then the coaches no longer get the proxy pay -- and one cost offsets the other.

Maxwell Strachan

NCAA Schools Can Absolutely Afford To Pay College Athletes, Economists Say | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 03.27.2015 | Sports

Again, absolutely.

College Sports Programs Compensate Coaches Well - And Now it is Time to Pay the Players

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.26.2015 | Sports
Steve Siebold

Coach Harbaugh's multi-million dollar deal is just more proof that college sports are big business. It is another reason why college athletes, particularly college football players and basketball players, should be getting paid.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Calls On NCAA To Rethink The Way It Protects And Punishes Athletes | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Weighing in on the growing debate over amateurism in college sports, President Barack Obama said on Friday that universities bear "more ...

John Oliver Tears Into March Madness In Blistering Segment

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.16.2015 | Sports

A 20-minute full-court press of a rant.

You Can't Study College Coaches Without Looking at the Players

David Berri | Posted 11.30.2014 | Sports
David Berri

According to an unpublished study by two University of Vanderbilt researchers, college coaches are worth the money because of the revenue these coaches bring to the university. The study reaches this conclusion by comparing the salaries paid to college football coaches to the salaries paid to CEOs of public companies.

It's Time to Pay College Athletes

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.13.2014 | Sports
Steve Siebold

It's one of the biggest debates in sports: should college athletes be paid? Everyone from sports fans and media personalities to the players and general public seem to have an opinion.

Colleges Should Be About Education First

Nick Desai | Posted 10.11.2014 | College
Nick Desai

Where would a gifted athlete rather be at 18 years of age? Toiling away in some small town on an unknown rookie league team in baseball, or playing to a national TV crowd and sold out stadiums on a Division I powerhouse?

No Players' Unions in This League

Richard V. Hurley | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
Richard V. Hurley

I am not writing this blog post to bemoan the excesses of big-time Division I athletics, but I would like to take this opportunity to extol the benefits of Division III sports for schools like ours.

Here Are Some First Steps for Northwestern's Union

Ken Reed | Posted 05.31.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

If the ruling survives all the legal challenges to come, there are several relatively straightforward items that a Northwestern players' union -- or a potential athletes' union at any university -- could bring to the bargaining table quickly.

Administrators Tell College Athletes: Don't Worry, Be Happy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.31.2014 | Sports
Leo W. Gerard

These young people place their health in jeopardy every time they step on the field. They know that. They love the game, and they're willing to take necessary risks. But they shouldn't be exposed to unnecessary risks. No amount of scholarship money justifies endangering young people needlessly.

4 Ways the NCAA Is Like the Fast Food Industry

Seamus McKiernan | Posted 05.27.2014 | Sports
Seamus McKiernan

Maybe it makes sense for Burger King and the NCAA to partner on TV commercials this March Madness. But it's wrong that college athletes and fast food workers are forced to play the serfs in a feudal system that only rewards the overlords.

Emily Swanson

Public Backs College Football Players' Grievances, But Not Their Union | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics

Fewer than one in three Americans believes that college football players should have the right to form a labor union, even though most are highly symp...

A Plea for Remunerating Student-Athletes in Revenue-Generating College Sports

Andrei Markovits | Posted 09.20.2013 | College
Andrei Markovits

Let the market pay those student athletes whom it deems valuable! Concretely, if the market (i.e., boosters, fans, supporters, sponsors) finds a football quarterback more desirable than a defensive end, and both more than a swimmer or a squash player, then let them be rewarded accordingly.

Education of Athletes Is Crucial and Goes Far Beyond What the NCAA/APR Tell Us

Isiah Thomas | Posted 08.13.2013 | Sports
Isiah Thomas

The irony of these allegations is that as a graduate student in education and sport I am acutely aware of the importance of academics in the lives of athletes. As a coach I made it my mission to educate and guide my student athletes' academic lives.

Time to Embrace Change in College Athletics

Warren K. Zola | Posted 07.01.2013 | Sports
Warren K. Zola

The NCAA and President Mark Emmert seem incapable of reorienting college athletics within higher education as a positive component of the campus experience, instead embarking on a Darwinian chase for revenue. Student welfare and development is no longer the priority but an afterthought.

How About a Free Market for College Athletes?

David Berri | Posted 05.22.2013 | Sports
David Berri

A player like Victor Oladipo generates far more revenue for a college program than his scholarship is worth. Consequently, in a free market some school would be willing to pay more for Oladipo's services.

The Illusion of Amateurism in College Athletics

Warren K. Zola | Posted 04.13.2013 | Sports
Warren K. Zola

The argument is stale, the facts don't support reality, and the public is recognizing the absurdity of the NCAA's position: they insatiably embrace commercialism in all facets of intercollegiate athletics except on a single issue -- athlete compensation.

A Modest Proposal for Dealing With Corruption in College Sports

Tung Yin | Posted 01.06.2013 | Sports
Tung Yin

The 2012 college football season is well underway, and the usual dominant teams are crushing opponents in the march to one of the two coveted spots in the BCS Championship game.

The Untenable Dichotomy in College Athletics

Warren K. Zola | Posted 12.02.2012 | Sports
Warren K. Zola

Darwinian principles have taken control of college athletics, further dividing institutions in the power conferences from everyone else. Just as Icarus followed his unchecked ambition and flew towards the sun, so too is college athletics chasing excess towards disaster.

Exploitation in College Sports: It's Not Just Football and Basketball

David Berri | Posted 06.06.2012 | Sports
David Berri

The revenue per team in the NFL dwarfs what we see at the college ranks. And yet, the salaries of top coaches in both places are similar. How is this possible?

Time for Transformative Change in Intercollegiate Athletics

Warren K. Zola | Posted 01.29.2012 | College
Warren K. Zola

Ultimately, we, as leaders in higher educational institutions, must find sustainable solutions that realign this imbalance, and in the process improve the quality of the student experience for the benefit of all.

What Sports Illustrated Didn't Tell You About Paying College Athletes

David Berri | Posted 01.11.2012 | Sports
David Berri

Sports Illustrated claims there is no way to pay athletes what research indicates they are worth. After all, college athletics doesn't generate a profit. The problem with this approach is that decision-makers in college sports don't have much of an incentive to generate profits.