Professors say college athletes should be paid

A national group of university professors signed a statement on March 12 saying that college athletes in revenue-generating sports should be paid. The group — the College Athletes Rights and Empowerment Faculty Coalition — was co-founded by Richard Southall, director of the College Sport Research Institute at the University of South Carolina.

Southall says college athletes in revenue sports — football and men’s basketball — deserve to negotiate compensation because their work brings a large amount of money to universities. Because these universities are asking these students to work a full-time job as an athlete, players are more motivated by athletic requirements than by academic ones. More details are available in a story published March 15 in The Daily Tar Heel at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Texas A&M image from 2007 by photographer Stuart Seeger.Stuart Seeger

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