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  • NCAA NEWS: BIG TALK OF POINT SPREADS AND POCKETBOOKS

         NCAA Exec Dir Cedric Dempsey dedicated much of his annual
    address Thursday to the issue of paying student athletes.
    Dempsey said paying athletes "is not only unreasonable but also
    next to impossible."  "Armed with charts, pies and graphs,"
    Dempsey explained, "There's a perception that athletic programs
    are making tons of money.  That's far from true."  Dempsey said
    that for Division I schools, there was an average athletic
    deficit of $174,000 (Jerry Lindquist, RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH,
    3/31).  However, Former NCAA Exec Dir Walter Byers disagrees.  He
    says the current system involves a "plantation mentality," where
    coaches and administrators make money as "overseers who own the
    athlete's body."  Most athletes also call for some type of pay
    (Wendell Barnhouse, FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/1).
         BETTING CONCERNS:  Much of the discussion also involved
    gambling on college campuses.  In a panel discussion Friday
    entitled "Sports Betting and the Media," the peer pressure
    athletes may feel on campus was examined.  The NCAA last year
    discussed denying media credentials to the NCAA Tournament to
    publications that publish betting lines on college sports.  A
    recent survey by the Freedom Forum revealed that of the 50
    largest newspapers in the U.S., only the N.Y. TIMES and WALL
    STREET JOURNAL do not publish point spreads (George Willis, N.Y.
    TIMES, 4/2).
    

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