June 21, 2013 |
If you stop someone in the street and ask whether college athletes should be paid to play, the answer is likely to be "no. " Witness a recent Marist poll , which found that only 27% of the respondents felt that athletes deserved more than the scholarships and stipends they already receive. But the lawsuits brought by former UCLA hoops star Ed O'Bannon Jr. and other former college athletes raise a different question and may elicit a different answer. Should athletes receive a share of the money colleges make by selling their performances and likenesses to the media?
January 18, 2002
William F. Devine Jr.'s rant about college athletes being shackled and exploited is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. Last time I checked, an education at Stanford or Notre Dame can cost well over $100,000. If the "discrimination" is so rampant, then why hasn't any college athlete sued on this ground? The simple answer is because there isn't any. What Devine conspicuously ignores is that if Stanford elected to pay a football player such as Luke Powell, for example, then it would be in violation of Title IX if it didn't pay its female athletes the same amount.
December 20, 1985 |
Two former college athletes are creating an organization to "look after the rights of major college football and basketball players." Johnny Rodgers and Dick DeVenzio announced the formation of Revenue Producing Major College Players Assn. at a news conference Thursday. They said their objective is to force NCAA universities to use money generated by football and basketball players to enhance the education and careers of those players.
November 17, 1999 |
As a student athlete playing baseball at Cal State Fullerton, Sergio Brown was too busy with games and practices to hold a part-time job. Desperate for cash, he started working occasional weekends parking cars and setting up special events. Before long, he was joined by teammates also crunched for time and money. Soon Brown had the beginnings of a business, supplying staff for conferences, dog shows, corporate functions, private parties and special events for nonprofit organizations.
January 15, 1990 |
The war on drugs marches ever forward. Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega, the former drug-running dictator, is safely held in a Florida lockup. U.S. warships are heading for the coast of Colombia. And now we are aiming our sights at the American college campus, where, apparently, football players are the next target. Now, I'm not naive. I know all about college kids, having been one once myself. Given the chance, they swallow goldfish. They throw up at parties.
February 26, 1995 |
Winning a national football championship brings glory and, with it, the most important force in college athletics--money. Even in sports deemed "amateur," money is the root of all competition. Since the University of Nebraska won the national football championship on Jan. 1, the Cornhusker state has gotten much richer. The ringing of cash registers can be heard everywhere. Sports Illustrated sold 300,000 copies of its national championship collector's edition in Nebraska alone.