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Up For Debate: Should College Athletes Be Paid?

Ohio State offensive lineman Justin Boren clears some room for running back Brandon Saine during Ohio State's 33-14 win over Indiana on October 3, 2009.

As a business model college sports is a multi-million dollar industry.  Men’s football and basketball bring in big bucks for schools and television networks.  Many athletes receive college tuition to participate in collegiate athletics, but there is a debate on whether or not these athletes should be paid.

Some say a system set up for the athletes to be students first will not likely begin compensating athletes for their performance but others argue the athletes deserve to make a portion of the money they help schools generate.

This Friday on Noon Edition, we’ll talk about the plausibility of a collegiate sports system where athletes are compensated beyond tuition and what that could mean for academics.


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Julie Cromer, Executive Associate Athletic Director, Indiana University

Galen Clavio, Assistant Professor of Sports Management, School of Public Health, Indiana University

Steve Ross, Director, Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Dickinson School of Law

Pete Bachman, Student, Kelley School of Business, and Offensive lineman, Indiana University Football 

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