They’re the kings and queens of campus — the envy of their fellow students.
A longstanding debate continues to rage, with some calling for student-athletes to start getting paid (or continue getting paid, based on what school you’re referring to). According to the Huffington Post, author Michael Lewis doesn’t accept student-athletes as unpaid amateurs.
“College sports is professional in every aspect but one, they don’t pay the labor,” he stated.
NCAA president Mark Emmert initially disagreed with Lewis, saying student-athletes are simply preparing for their future careers like all college students.
“That’s what all of our students are like,” he said. “They’re pre-professional, and some of them happen to play sports.”
Emmert recently changed his mind, however, calling for some of the revenue generated by NCAA broadcast contracts to go toward increasing student-athletes’ scholarships.
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