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  • THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS: NCAA ATHLETES CAN GET A JOB

              "In a sweeping reversal of a long-held policy, the NCAA
         has voted to allow Division I athletes to earn as much as
         $2,000 in outside cash during the school year," according to
         ESPN's Bob Stevens.  Stevens: "Universities and their
         boosters can even help the student-athletes find the jobs,
         can even employ them -- although not in the athletic
         department -- and cannot pay them more than the going rate"
         ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 4/22).  CNN's Casey Wian reported on
         the NCAA's new policy, which takes effect August 1.  NCAA
         Exec Dir Cedric Dempsey: "Those who are pursuing certain
         professional careers want an opportunity to have some
         internship experience.  I think that's part of it."  Wian:
         "But anytime big-time college sports and money meet, there
         are temptations to cheat. Given the recent history of money-
         related scandals in college athletics, insuring compliance
         with the new NCAA rule will be difficult, especially since
         athletic departments and boosters will be able to help
         student-athletes find jobs" ("Moneyline," CNN, 4/22).
    
    

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