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Conference Commissioners Weigh In On Paying Student-Athletes In Addition To Scholarships
Published May 20, 2011
BAD IDEA? In Jacksonville, Michael DiRocco wrote of paying athletes a stipend to cover living expenses, “On the surface, it seems like a good idea. … But it’s a bad idea. It’s something that can’t be implemented unilaterally across the NCAA.” Ohio State “might be able to afford the cost,” but some schools “wouldn’t even come close to having those kinds of funds.” Even if the funds “come from the conference’s TV deals and are distributed equally among every school, there’s a huge difference in the SEC’s TV contract and, for example, the Sun Belt’s TV deal” (JACKSONVILLE.com, 5/19). In Detroit, Drew Sharp writes, “It's a terrible idea. It's not merely a slippery slope. It's a sheet of ice down the mountain. Throwing more money at a cultural or political problem rarely offers a cure. It simply provides more room for corruption” (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 5/20).