As fans get set for college football's national championship tonight between Auburn and Florida State, William La Jeunesse reported this morning on the growing and long-simmering debate over whether college athletes should be paid.


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After the NFL, college football is the second-most profitable sport for television networks, and more and more people seem to be coming around to the idea that the players should be compensated.

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas points out that "every inch" of major college sports - football and basketball specifically - is run like a business, and the only ones not allowed to participate are the players.

Critics call out the universities as hypocritical for making millions upon millions off of athletes while claiming to protect them from being commercialized.


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The NCAA has always pointed to the fact that student-athletes are compensated through scholarships.

A lawsuit against the NCAA by former UCLA college basketball star Ed O'Bannon is winding its way through the courts. O'Bannon argues the NCAA profited off of his image through a video game.

The case could ultimately pave the way for college stars to receive compensation.

What do you think? Is it time to allow college athletes a piece of the pie?


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