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Is it Madness to Not Pay Student-Athletes More than What Their Scholarship Permits?

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The question of whether college student-athletes should be paid above and beyond what they currently receive under their NCAA defined athletic scholarships remains a hot topic in any discussion of the role of sport in our society.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor of Finance in the business school at Syracuse University.  He recently posted a strongly worded blog piece online at The Huffington Post.  In this piece Dr. Watkins argues in no nonsense terms that college athletes are being exploited and must be paid something for their services beyond the value of their scholarship, particularly those athletes in football and basketball who are generating millions upon millions of dollars for their schools and for the NCAA.

Dr. Watkins is a leading African-American speaker and a noted scholar.  He is an outspoken critic of the NCAA.  Click here to read his most recent piece.  

The United States Sports Academy offers academic programs at both the under-graduate and graduate levels in academic fields related to the coaching and administration of sport.  Readesrs who may disagree with Dr. Watkins viewpoints are encouraged to post their comments and thus join the dialog of a community devoted to the study of sport.

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  1. I just recently learned there is a signifcant gap between the cost of attending the colleges and the “full scholarships” these athletes receive. The other thing that many people do not know, is that they are prevented from holding part-time jobs.

  2. I just recently learned there is a signifcant gap between the cost of attending the colleges and the “full scholarships” these athletes receive. The other thing that many people do not know, is that they are prevented from holding part-time jobs.

  3. The issue of paying student athletes for the moment is perfectly clear; NCAA President Mark Emmert in a speech on February 23, 2011 made his and the NCAA’s position clear “college athletes should not be paid to play sports”.

  4. The issue of paying student athletes for the moment is perfectly clear; NCAA President Mark Emmert in a speech on February 23, 2011 made his and the NCAA’s position clear “college athletes should not be paid to play sports”.

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