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Duckett says he can see both sides of the issue and believes that student-athletes should receive some kind of compensation beyond their valuable scholarship.
“A student-athlete’s sport is all-consuming in his or her life and some sports generate revenue for the university,” he says. “But the student-athletes make their choices to attend college on a scholarship with full knowledge of what the university will and won’t provide for them.”
Hutson points out that the recently concluded NCAA men’s basketball tournament brings in big money for the schools, but that athletic departments have to make what they spend.
“Football and basketball generate big money,” he says. “But what about the other sports? Who do you pay and not pay? Or do you pay everyone?”
The Dawgs wonder whether certain star athletes could attend and play for a university without accepting a scholarship, but sell the rights to their own brand.
“Some athletes might be able to pay their tuition by selling the rights to their brand,” says Bograkos. “Someone may test this idea down the road, and it will be interesting to watch.”