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January 26, 2020

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Paying Players: Rethinking College Athletics
Last Featured: 1/26/2004

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Amateur athletics is supposed to be untainted by money. College athletes participate in sports for the love of the game and a free education, right? Considering that it is a gateway to the pros for some and a free education for many, it should be a treasured opportunity. But these students often have 30 hours on the field and serve as institutional ambassadors, public relations props and alumni fundraisers. The result: college football alone will bring in $5 billion in revenue this year. Is it time we started paying college players?

Andrew Zimbalist is the Robert A. Woods professor of economics at Smith College where he has taught since 1974. He is the author of 14 books on economics and sports economics including Baseball and Billions: A Probing Look Inside the Big Business of Our National Pastime, Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums, Unpaid Professionals: Commercialization and Conflict in Big-Time College Sports, and The Economics of Sport. HIs latest book is May the Best Team Win. A consultant to various sports players associations, Mr. Zimbalist received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

David Meggyesy is a former all-American linebacker with Syracuse University. Between 1963-69, he played linebacker for the St. Louis Cardinal and was All-Pro during that time. He is the author of Out of Their League, an autobiography which describes the hardships of college athletes. He currently works with professional athletes.

Closing Quote
"I hope as well that colleges employing pros to play
will manage somehow against all odds to quietly convey
to the odd, monstrous linemen and the celebrated star,
the gold-draped hero driving in that bright, late model car,
that checking out a class or two and trying to graduate
might be a course they might pursue before it gets too late.


— Bill Littlefield

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