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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Not to mention the Title IX implications…

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    Czabe, agree with all of the above, but there is one kinda big point that you are either missing or completely leave out of your article. The Ohio State’s, Alabama’s and Clemson’s of the world are already paying their players, illegally and under the table.

    The NCAA needs to pay more than lip service to their own rules if they expect to maintain the status quo, which I completely agree would be a good one if only the rules were followed and enforced in a fair and even manner.


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    Diug c

    My niece has 200 thousand student loan bill she would have been. Very happy tp have had a scholarship

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    Scott C Shirey

    I could write some long prose about how good this piece is (and it’s DAMN good)…but instead, I’ll just say this…Dilly, Dilly.

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      Doug Rosenthal

      Dilly, Dilly…indeed.

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      Dilly dilly!

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    Thanks for finally making this point: “only because of the stage they play on – a stage built by colleges and universities who have been playing football for 100 years or more…These are colleges that maintain a fanbase, a massive stadium, an alumni network…” I give because of the history I have at my school. I can’t get rid of that association – ever. It doesn’t matter who wears the jersey, as long as it is ours.

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    Mark Shoemaker

    Czabe, this is perhaps the best piece you’ve written. Bilas’ use of free market theory is flawed. Let’s assume it’s a free market; it clearly operates inefficiently because not all buyers and sellers have equal access to information. Because of that, the NCAA institutes rules and regulations to drive it to improved efficiency, a destination it won’t reach but must continue to pursue.

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    Bilas is not smarter than you, Czabe.

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    boss hogg

    A “free market” like Bilas suggests would be much much worse than what we currently have. However like another comment mentioned, the massive flaw in the current setup is that the rules are followed. Athletes are being paid handsome sums with no repercussions. That’s how you get Julius Randle showing up to a college press conference in custom “Yeezy’s”

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    T.L.D.R. (to long didn’t read). Do parents of players also get paid under the Bilas plan? Lavar Ball could probably use a few bucks to grease the Shang Hai PD right now. How about kids who turn down the MLB draft out of High School and go to college to play ball, can they get paid while Jay is handing out the cash?

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    t. rissle

    Re: game v Minn. Whoa…6-2 team is good. Skins got 30, probably should have had 44. What happened to the defense when Minn seemed to be good for about 11 yards a play.

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    Matt F.

    great post, Czabe, getting a D1 full ride is a heckuva deal, if the small percentage of college athletes who are worth a ton of money as Bilas writes feel that they are worth more than they are receiving from their employer/university through their scholarships, exposure, experience etc, they are free to leave that employer and see if other employers will pay them more than what the scholarships are worth


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