SBD/May 19, 2011/Colleges

Big Ten Officials Discuss Paying Athletes' Living Expenses In Addition To Scholarships

Big Ten officials “discussed a proposal that would pay athletes to help cover living expenses on top of their scholarships during the league's spring meetings this week,” according to Brian Bennett of ESPN.com. The idea, which is “backed by current NCAA president Mark Emmert and was favored by late NCAA president Myles Brand, is to bridge the gap between what athletic scholarships pay and other expenses like transportation and clothing.” That difference “has been estimated at between $2,000 to $5,000 per player.” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said that league ADs and officials “have seriously discussed whether they should use some of their growing TV revenue to pay athletes more.” Delany stressed that the Big Ten “was merely at the discussion stage, but he added the league is interested in talking to other conferences to see if they also favor such a plan” (ESPN.com, 5/18).
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