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PAY TO PLAY? SPORTING NEWS EXAMINES PAYING COLLEGE ATHLETES
Published June 28, 1996
The cover story in THE SPORTING NEWS is on how college athletes should be compensated. TSN's Douglas Looney outlines 10 "solid ideas" to link college athletes and money, ideas which come from interviews with "dozens of college sports leaders." The headers: 1) Pay the athletes; 2) The cornerstone of democracy is free enterprise. Let it work; 3) Allow scholarship athletes the same freedoms and rights that all other students enjoy -- which, among many things, includes the right to have jobs if they wish; 4) Give each scholarship athlete -- male and female, everything from field hockey to golf to basketball -- 50 to 100 seats in prime locations to all home games; 5) Ten percent of each sport's net profits could be distributed to the players; 6) Dramatically increase the Special Assistance Fund; 7) Let athletes sign with agents whenever they want; 8) Add substantially more money to the familiar full-ride scholarship; 9) Put any money the player earns or receives while in college into a trust fund handled by the university and give it to him or her upon graduation. If the athlete doesn't graduate, the money stays with the university for academic purposes; and 10) Allow recruiters to offer athletes scholarships that might include graduate school, law school or medical school (TSN, 7/1 issue).