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College Pay for Play

by Craig Mattick

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) the way we know it is going to change.   

The NCAA if facing some challenging issues right now, including a lawsuit by former athletes regarding the NCAA using the likeness of athletes to reap great amounts of money.  The NCAA will lose that lawsuit.  You've also heard of Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who is being investigated on accepting payment for his autograph.  The Texas A&M quarterback, along with other NCAA athletes, aren't suppose to accept any money while in college.

Big issue in college athletics is should they be paid for playing?  You mean, besides having their education paid for?  Its going to happen, but only for those on the Division One level.  Sorry, Division II and Division III, you are going to be out of luck.  The rich are going to get richer.  The debate is how much should those Division I athletes get paid?  I've heard everything from $1,000 to $4,000.  Really, its chump change when compared to what the NCAA makes off the athletes.  

Two big stories coming soon.  The NCAA losing their lawsuit, which was brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon.  NCAA will have to pay some hefty damages.  Then, some figure will be settled on a stipend for Divison I college athletes for their play.

There is going to be a lot of hands in the NCAA cookie jar.