The New York Times recently published a series of commentaries relating to whether or not college athletes should be compensated for their services on the playing field. In reference to the NCAA's Final Four, the Times stated, "this entire commercial bonanza is made possible by the student athletes, who are barred from receiving salaries by N.C.A.A. rules. Should they be paid — just as college students on work-study or otherwise hold campus jobs are paid? If not, are there ways to ensure that more of the revenues benefit the students?
A series of commentaires were published, from:
- Allen Sack, business school professor: "Let College Athletes Be Entrepreneurs"
- Bill Walton, Basketball Hall of Famer: "My Priceless Opportunity"
- Ellen J. Staurowsky, professor of sport management: "Where The Amateurs Are"
- Stephen Danley, former forward for Penn: "Give Athletes Five Year Scholarships"
- Andrew Zimbalist, economist: "Short of Paying Players, Fix The Rules"
- Murray Sperber, U.C. Berkeley: "What Bonanza? Most Colleges Lose Money"
- William C. Dowling, Rutgers University: "Stop The Madness"