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Is it Time for the NCAA Pay Their Players ?

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The NCAA brings in over a billion dollars in revenue, some of the coaches get paid over  million dollars, and the better the sports program the better the ticket sales . The athletes are given a great education, but do they deserve a little bit more? Is it time to start paying college athletes ?

According to the NCAA website, there are 22 sports at the collegiate level that is Men’s and Women’s sports combined. Now, not all of these sports bring in a strong revenue to the school. The sport that brings in the most revenue for the NCAA and the schools is football.  The better the program,  the more national exposure on Saturday nights. Sponsorships from television ads played during the game, and during bowl game season the better the bowl game equals more money brought into the school.

Now many things bring in money for the school and the NCAA like ticket sales, profit of merchandise and big-time partnerships like Nike and Adidas.  There are schools that have coaches that make over 10 million per year, which is much more than an NBA coach’s salary.

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Some of these players are looked at as rock stars, especially when it comes to football and basketball. Yet they can not make a profit off their own name. Explains the reason why most college basketball players, take advantage of the one and done rule. Most call it crazy to miss out on free education and risk not having another option to fall back on. Not to burst anyone’s dream of playing in the pros, but according to the NCAA, only 1.5 percent of student-athletes are drafted to the NFL, 1 percent in the NBA, and .9 percent for the WNBA. So would paying the players make a difference ?

They can’t pay every single sport, but football and basketball should at least get some type of payout if the NCAA and their schools can make millions off of them?

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Kawhi Leonard Is Keeping An “Opening Mind” With The Raptors

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Kawhi Leonard is not ready to shut the door on staying with Toronto.

Kawhi was traded to the Raptors in the offseason for DeMar DeRozan and is on the last year on his contract. The Raptors are hoping they can keep the 2-time Defensive Player of the Year in staying with the organization. During the media day, Kawhi addressed the possibility of signing long-term.

“I want to play here,” Leonard said. “I came in with an open mind. I want to do great things … focus on this year. If you’re looking toward the future, you’re going to trip over the present.”

Leonard played only nine games for the Spurs last season because of a quad injury.

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Antonio Brown Is Not Interested In A Trade

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Antonio Brown has no plans on leaving the Steelers.

The Pro Bowl wideout told reporters was obviously frustrated with the loss on Sunday. Brown tweeted originally tweeted out trade me after a reporter questioned his talent.

During the press interview, Brown stated, “I don’t want to be traded.”

“The tweet yesterday was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade or wanting to be [traded]. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate,” Rosenhaus said in a statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown has recorded 18 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown through the first two weeks.

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Jimmy Butler Wants Out Of Minnesota

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Jimmy Butler is ready to suit up for another team.

Butler is  Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks on his list of preferred destinations according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Butler can be a free agent in July, and those three teams have the max salary space to sign him without giving up assets in a trade.

He informed Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau of the request during a meeting Tuesday in Los Angeles, sources said.

He averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in Minnesota last season.

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