June 20, 2014 in Sports

NCAA president: Pay could destroy college sports


NCAA President Mark Emmert on Thursday offered defense of the amateur status of college athletes, insisting that any form of paying players would destroy the popularity of college sports. Serving as the NCAA’s chief witness in a test of the organization’s rules against compensating student athletes, Emmert told Chief U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California that it is crucial to maintain a distinction between amateur college athletes and professional athletes. “They are full-time students who play their sport at their university,” Emmert testified. “It is one of the core fundamental principles of the NCAA.” Emmert was testifying in a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of former Division I athletes seeking to share in the multibillion-dollar college sports empire. – AP

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