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NCAA’s Emmert Not Big On Pay For Play

NCAA president Mark Emmert — who attended the SEC meetings in Destin yesterday — has no problem discussing the value of athletic scholarships.  He says he is “very supportive of exploring” ways to give athletes more money to support themselves while they’re on scholarship.

But when it comes to Steve Spurrier’s “Let’s pay 70 players per game 300 bucks a pop” proposal, color Emmert unimpressed:

“I think paying players by game doesn’t make any sense to me at all.  Are you going to pay them for every game they go to?  Are you going to pay them for women’s volleyball?  And why $300?  Why not $600?  If you’re just paying them for a game why not $3,000?

Where do you set that number, and why do you set that number?  That’s converting student-athletes into employees, and I’m adamantly opposed to that, and I think that would be the death of intercollegiate athletics.”


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