Pay college athletes? On Background’s 4 takeaways

October 17, 2013

College athletics is a multimillion-dollar industry, but some events of this college football season have intensified an old debate about whether the players who take the field should receive more of the profits they help generate.

PostTV’s Nia-Malika Henderson dove into the conversation this week with a Twitter chat Tuesday and a live show Wednesday. Below are four takeaways from the show and from feedback from the Twitter community:

1. Lots of money is made using NCAA stars’ likenesses. Why none for them? Here’s what our panel said:

2. Don’t forget the “student” part of student athletes. And the costs that go along with it.

3. Amateur rules were put in place for a reason.

But are those reasons still valid? Or is the “spirit” of college sports a thing of the past?

4. Something is going to change. The On Background panel says change is inevitable. But it’s anyone’s guess what form it will take.

You can watch the full On Background episode on paying college athletes here, and see our Twitter chat here. Tell us how you would fix the system on Twitter using #Postback.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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