Should college athletes get paid to play?

Last month, The New York Times outlined a report by Yahoo News that a federal investigation had been opened against several college basketball programs accused of arranging financial and other benefits for top players and prospects, re-igniting the discussion surrounding compensation in the NCAA.

Marc Edelman, a contributor at Forbes Magazine, argued this week that the tournament brings in close to $1 billion in revenue, with most of it going toward coaches’ and NCAA executives’ salaries The head coach at Duke University makes about $8.9 million a year, and the president of the NCAA makes about $2 million, he stated. Our own Jim Boeheim made nearly $2.2 million in fiscal year 2015, the Daily Orange reported.

Others against the idea believe it could erode the value of a scholarship and create more headaches for players once tax time comes around, as they would have to claim this salary money and pay taxes on it. It could also undermine an athlete’s connection to their college if they only picked it for the salary – not the academic programs, campus climate, etc.

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* 1. Do you think college athletes should receive compensation outside of scholarships and grants?

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* 2. Do you think paying athletes would increase or decrease corruption related to taking outside deals, like the ones outlined in The New York Times piece?

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* 3. How do you think paying college athletes could change the culture around college sports?