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Paying athletes won’t change flesh-peddling culture of college sports

By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO

Conventional wisdom suggests that the answer to what ails intercollegiate athletics is to pay student athletes. While there is merit to this argument, it is by no means a remedy to the problems which leave embarrassing stains across college sports.

If major programs can afford to pay their student athletes a wage on top of their scholarships, room, board, and the other amenities that they already receive, those institutions should do so. Players shouldn’t be forced into cameo seasons on campus, during which they express little interest in their education while the NBA and NFL benefit from having sanctioned minor leagues for their pro franchises.


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