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Pay College Athletes

Pay College Athletes
The BriefGet Up To Speed

College sports is a big-money business, with football and basketball programs generating millions of dollars in revenue every year. While coaches and athletic directors in Division I programs routinely score seven-figure contracts, student-athletes are currently prohibited from sharing in the profits. Is it time to rewrite the rules in college sports and allow athletes their fair share of the profits? Or would providing monetary incentives -- above and beyond existing scholarships and career supports -- spoil the sport?


Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the NCAA.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

NCAA Divisions I and II schools provide more than $2.9 billion in athletics scholarships annually to more than 150,000 student-athletes. Division III schools do not offer athletics scholarships. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In landmark action for major-college sports, schools and athlete representatives from the NCAA's five wealthiest conferences on Saturday voted 79-1 to expand what Division I schools can provide under an athletic scholarship.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The watershed article by Pulitzer Prize winning civil rights historian Taylor Branch that tracked the intersection between college athletics, race and money.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Taylor Branch

College sports are mass entertainment. It's time to fully reward players for their work.

Monday, September 16, 2013
Sean Gregory

Amateurism in college sports disproportionately impacts African American college football and men’s basketball players while benefiting predominately white stakeholders by as much as $2 billion a year. 

Monday, April 4, 2016
Patrick Hruby

Those who play high-profile college sports are university employees, and it's time the NCAA recognizes it.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Kevin B. Blackistone

Sports Illustrated columnist points out that with few exceptions, college sports lose money and reforms should center on cost-of-attendance adjustments to athletic scholarships.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Seth Davis

Sports economist argues that monetizing student/university relationships is a slippery slope, and reform should center not on payment, but on extending better treatment to student athletes. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Andrew Zimbalist

NCAA president warns that paying students would undermine amateur athletics and devalue education. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Mark Emmert

The way to fix college sports isn’t to pay the players, but to eliminate commercialism altogether and put the emphasis back on education and supporting academics.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Theodore Ross

The drive to pay college athletes fails to recognize the value of sports as a part of education. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Ekow N. Yankah
FBI Scandal

The FBI announced that it was bringing federal bribery, fraud and other corruption charges against NCAA coaches and assistants, claiming that they allegedly exploited the inability of college athletes to be compensated because of NCAA amateurism rules. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A school-by-school summary of the FBI allegations of bribery, fraud and corruption in men’s college basketball.

Monday, October 2, 2017
Daniel Rapaport

Members of Congress are calling for a briefing on the college basketball bribery scandal  from the NCAA and companies, questioning whether or not the NCAA can actually oversee its own institutions. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Nathan Fenno

Big time college sports may be taking in big money, but many college athletic departments still struggle to make a profit. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Here are the 50 best-paid public employees in the U.S. for 2016 ... and a whole lot more dollar data.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Title IX

A look at how Title IX impacts the pay-for-play debate.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Jane McManus

The less dramatic reality is that, if forced to compensate players, colleges would need to accommodate Title IX as part of a larger budgetary reorganization.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Editorial Board

Title IX has been both credited with and blamed for a lot of things that have happened in college athletics in the past four decades.

Friday, July 15, 2011
Mechelle Voepel
Relevant Court Cases

Many college athletes find that stipends fail to ensure they can cover their cost-of-living expenses, and for others the money is a way to support their families back home. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Garry Phillips

Many college athletes find that stipends fail to ensure they can cover their cost-of-living expenses, and for others the money is a way to support their families back home. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Ray Glier

This is a good explanation of the various nuances of the decision. 

Monday, October 3, 2016
Michael McCann
Former West Virginia University running back Shawne Alston’s class action lawsuit against the NCAA has been tentatively settled. Here's what that means for affected athletes and going forward.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Michael McCann

A summary of the ongoing class action lawsuit, Jenkins v. NCAA, which requests that men’s college basketball and football be declared in violation of federal antitrust laws so that schools and major conferences are forced to pay athletes in these two sports.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Travis Waldron

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case about whether the N.C.A.A. is violating federal antitrust laws by restricting what college athletes can earn.

Monday, October 3, 2016
Adam Liptak
Athletics & Academics

Concerns about the graduation rates of African American football players in comparison to their white teammates. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Emily Richmond

The failure to cultivate a culture of learning on college sports teams leads many student athletes to underperform academically. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

An investigation into allegations of academic fraud within the African and Afro-American Studies program at the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill found that for almost 20 years, for many of the school’s student athletes, part of their education was worthless as they enrolled in a “shadow curriculum” with rampant cheating and academic misconduct. 

Friday, October 24, 2014
Ian Crouch

Marc Edelman argues they are employees and entitled to certain rights; Zev J. Eigen sympathizes with their situation but says the law is clear. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The NLRB’s chief counsel issued a memo saying football players at 17 private colleges are employees and can seek better working conditions.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a ''grossly inappropriate'' way to solve problems in college sports while insisting the association has plans to change the school-athlete relationship.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014