If players were compensated for their likenesses, would you change your college football fandom?
That's what NCAA president Mark Emmert said Thursday while testifying in the O'Bannon vs. NCAA anti-trust case over the use of athletes' images and likenesses.
The plaintiffs in the case believe that they should be compensated for the usage of themselves. The NCAA contends that players would become professionals if they were paid and the NCAA's definition of amateurism would be compromised.
Emmert says fans would turn away from college sports if players paid for name, image & likeness (NIL).— Rod Gilmore (@RodGilmore) June 19, 2014
Emmert: "To convert college sports to professional sports would be tantamount to converting it to minor league sport."— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) June 19, 2014
Emmert says minor league sports in America aren't as popular with fans or as beneficial for participants— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) June 19, 2014
If athletes could be paid, schools will leave D1 to maintain amateurism and to save money, Emmert said.— Sara Ganim (@sganim) June 19, 2014
So, it's our turn to ask you. Would player compensation affect your college fandom? If so, why? If you vote no in our poll below, let us know why you did so in the comments.
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