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April 3, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; NCAA president Mark Emmert watches during the first half between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Baylor Bears in the finals of the 2012 NCAA women

NCAA president Mark Emmert dismisses idea of pay-for-play

Speaking at the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York City, NCAA president Mark Emmert dismissed the notion the college athletes in revenue-generating sports should be financially compensated, saying that the NCAA has “no interest in turning college sports into the professional or semi-professional.”

Per ESPN:

This is a very important issue and principle for what is or is not a definition of college athletics.

The countervailing voices of this notion that student-athletes are being taken advantage of has been the dominant theme and had played out pretty loudly in a variety of outlets. The reality is schools are spending in between $100,000 and $250,000 on each student-athlete.

However, Emmert did demonstrate a bit of forward-thinking with regards to the rule that bans basketball players from going to the NBA directly out of high school, calling the rule “illogical.” He said:

It’s illogical to force someone to go to college when they want to do something else.

When LeBron went [to the NBA], we still had a Final Four and it was pretty good and people showed up and we had good numbers. And nobody said college basketball sucked because Kobe went.

So, by our tally, that’s one reasonable idea and one outdated idea. Hey, that’s progress!

[Source: ESPN]

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