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NCAA still doesn’t pay its players: now that’s true (March) Madness

March Madness is projected to bring in some $30m for the NCAA this year, but many athletes don’t get a penny for their work

College basketball players are always told that school should be their top priority. That is why, so the argument goes, “student-athletes” shouldn’t be paid: because that would detract from their academic pursuits. So why are they forced to spend most of their time training for games that bring in millions of dollars for their universities, but not a penny for them?

Too many top college athletes have next to no daily spending money, and the limited school meal plans are not enough. Shabaz Napier of the University of Connecticut admitted that he often went to bed hungry as his team battled their way to a national championship title in 2014.

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