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MrWolfe March 17th, 2015 1:26am

In the spirit of 'March Madness,' HBO's John Oliver has taken on the issue of college athletes not being compensated, despite having their likeness used for revenue by schools & sponsors. Should student-athletes receive some type of monetary stipend?

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03/17/15 11:18 pm

They should be paid at least min wage for the number of hours they spend practicing. They don't have the option of working while playing sports and the amount of effort put into being a D1 student athlete is more than most full time jobs.

03/17/15 6:03 pm

No, but if you don't, give them the chance to go pro earlier. Or at least give them the chance to make their own money

03/17/15 4:56 pm

No. They often have full ride scholarships, and receive special treatment in other ways.

Naterade Rhode Island
03/17/15 12:13 pm

No. They already get a free education and meals from scholarships.

timeout Boston Strong
03/17/15 11:40 am

I think it should stay the way it is. The fact that the are getting a free education should be good enough for them. They also are given the chance to showcase their talents for a shot at the pros while on a scholarship.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
03/17/15 10:44 am

NCAA athletes are not allowed to work. A small and equal stipend of a few hundred a month to cover living expenses is reasonable.

03/17/15 10:27 am

It's not an even playing field. If colleges don't want to pay them, athletes should get a guaranteed 4-5 yr scholarship, regardless of future injury or ineligibility in exchange for the athlete's commitment.

03/17/15 11:28 am

The medical student argument is a straw man at best. This debate does not exist because medical students are bringing in billions like the NCAA. They'd need to cure cancer to compete.

eLucidate writing
03/17/15 9:07 am

Yes. I'd rather see them get real money than fake degrees.

OnlyRationalOne ifunny aManWitNoHands
03/17/15 8:16 am

Most big athletes are getting free tuition, food, and housing. What more should they get?

03/17/15 9:17 am

Instead of giving them money they should have the opportunity to return at any time in there life to continue to pursue or further there education at there alma mater.

whatever FL
03/17/15 8:01 am

Like many have said, a college education ain't nothing. (Heh.) Besides that, there are other options available, including playing internationally, to get around the college requirement. Could options be more and better, yet viable? I couldn't say.

03/17/15 11:47 am

The "N" stands for "National." In this country, students cannot go from h.s. To the pros. Why? B/c the NCAA wants their cut. To avoid that, the athlete must risk injury elsewhere for less exposure and compensation. Fair?

droo Santa Barbara
03/16/15 11:00 pm

I'd say free college is a good start, which they have.

DJE99 California
03/16/15 10:52 pm

They do get paid. It's called free education.

03/17/15 12:11 pm

Unless they get injured while fulfilling their commitment. Then they lose that scholarship and any possible pro opportunities, and got no benefit from the ticket sales they drew. NCAA - $$. Student athlete - 0.

Alex619 California
03/16/15 10:23 pm

Well considering we shouldn't have any government run schools this is a debate to be had for individual schools. The market will speak on this issue like it will for anything else.

03/16/15 10:01 pm

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Thy should have the right to license their own image and profit from it, but they should not be paid by the colleges or the NCAA

4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
03/16/15 9:57 pm

College athletes should be real students taking real classes...and shouldn't get paid beyond their scholarships.

03/17/15 7:11 am

And why is that?

Jay716 Buffalo NY
03/16/15 9:51 pm

I can see them being compensated for jersey sales and NCAA video games, but nothing else. Autographs are okay too.

chrismisen atlanta
03/16/15 9:02 pm

im torn on this. colleges don't have a monopoly on amateur basketball, so players arent forced to accept scholarship as sole payment, but it's borderline criminal how much some schools make from their athletics without sharing it with the players

steelcity Pittsburgh
03/16/15 7:30 pm

Because free college education isn't compensation?

Wino I need a drink
03/16/15 9:47 pm

Most don't really get a good education. All our athletes were told to take easy courses so school wouldn't interfere with their schedule. When some took harder classes (knowing they weren't going pro), they were punished with extra practices.

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
03/16/15 7:19 pm

I literally just got done watching that episode 😳

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
03/16/15 7:21 pm

What an eye opener.

osouless Whats Next
03/16/15 6:39 pm

Only when their likenesses are being used.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
03/16/15 6:35 pm

Isn't that what the scholarship is? Because the cost of a year's tuition, housing and books seems like a pretty good paycheck for a guy without a degree and no real-world experience. It's like the new kid at McDonalds wanting to share the profits.

TheCameron UCF
03/16/15 7:18 pm

Except in this case nearly every kid in that area is wearing a jersey with his name on it.

Dandilionz Caveat lector
03/16/15 7:29 pm

Zod I agree. Also when their likeness is being used it is promotion for their skill and to be noticed and drafted.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
03/16/15 7:35 pm

Good for him. That might pay off for him someday, if he goes pro or can leverage that little bit of local celebrity into some kind of better paying gig. Even if you consider it a business, trainee employees don't usually make top dollar.

03/17/15 12:26 pm

The kid @ McDonald's can use his check to invest in Mcdonalds stock. Also, if the kid @ McDonalds is injured on the job, he can collect worker's comp. it is not close to being the same.