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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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Carmelo Anthony Will Sign With The Houston Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony will be an official free agent once he is waived by the Atlanta Hawks.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to trade Anthony and a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team deal that netted them point guard Dennis Schroder, per ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Hawks intend to pay Anthony his entire $27.9 million salary for next season as part of the buyout.

According to Turner Sports’ David Aldridge, Anthony “has been telling people for more than a week that he’ll ultimately wind up with the Rockets.”

Anthony will join Chris Paul and James Harden with the Houston Rockets. The Miami Heat and Los Angles Lakers were among the teams that were also interested in Melo.

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NFL Halts Policy To Penalize Players For Kneeling During The Anthem

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The NFL and NFLPA have come to an agreement to not to enforce the rule change to penalize players for taking a knee.

In May, the NFL unilaterally instituted a new policy surrounding the national anthem that would punish players and teams for kneeling as away to protest police brutality against people of color.  Which was a complete change in direction from their stance in October 2017.

The league and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement Thursday that said “no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks” while both sides continue to hold discussions to figure out how to move forward.

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue,” the joint statement said. “In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy.

“The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

Players around the league were not happy with the leagues’ policy change. At least this move allows more discussions and won’t allow teams to suspend players.

 

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Kawhi Leonard Traded To The Raptors

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The Kawhi Leonard era in San Antonio is officially over.

The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors agreed to a deal in principle that would involve a swap of All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.

Wojnarowski reported Leonard and Danny Green will head to Toronto in exchange for DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick. Toronto’s first-round pick to San Antonio is a protected 1-20 selection. After one year, it becomes two second-round picks.

Per Wojnarowski, the first-round pick is protected for the 20th overall selection and above, and after a year, it will turn into two second-round draft choices.

Toronto would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer. If Leonard left the Raptors, he could sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a team with the available salary-cap space.

Kawhi has already made his intentions known to head back to Cali when he hits free agency. So this move is likely only stop gap.

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