Intelligence Squared US Debates: Should College Athletes Be Paid?
Airs Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 6 p.m. College sports is a big-money business, with football and basketball programs generating millions of dollars in revenue every year. While coaches and athletic directors in Division I programs routinely score seven-figure contracts, student-athletes are currently prohibited from sharing in the profits. Is it time to allow athletes their fair share of the profits? Or would providing monetary incentives -- above and beyond existing scholarships and career supports -- spoil the sport? The debaters are Joe Nocera, Christine Brennan, Andy Schwarz, and Len Elmore.