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Should Student Athletes Be Paid or Unpaid?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:00 am
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College athletes get a free education. But their universities make huge profits off their labor. Which raises the question: Is a scholarship a fair deal? Northwestern University football players are exploring unionizing that could lead to paychecks one day. And a lawsuit seeks to compel compensation for college athletes whose likenesses are used in products like video games. On this edition of The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with two professional athletes who know what it's like to be a 'student athlete' along with some experts who will tackle this contentious area of debate in sports right now.


Edwin Baker, Running Back, Cleveland Browns & former student athlete at Michigan State

Reggie Hodges, Former Punter, Cleveland Browns & former student athlete at Ball State.

David Hollander, Professor, Sports Management, New York University

Cryshanna Jackson, Associate Professor, Political Science, Youngstown State University

Bill Livingston, Sports Columnist, The Plain Dealer

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