Should Student Athletes be Paid?

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 in Campus News, News, and Sports

This week, Student Alumni Association (SAA) co-sponsored a program titled The Business of College Athletics: Should Student Athletes be Paid? The event was held at the Dole Institute of Politics in conjunction with the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board and the KU Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Sports business/law specialists Marc Edelman and Alicia Jessop discussed the timely and controversial topic of paying college athletes. Both have written on this issue for outlets including Forbes and US News & World Report.

SAA event at the Dole InstituteEdelman has a background in anti-trust and labor relations, while Jessop’s area of expertise includes entertainment and sports law.

A popular topic at the debate was the Northwestern University football players’ union case. Many of the team’s members signed a petition to unionize in an effort to have the scholarship members of the team recognized as employees.

SAA and Student Alumni Leadership Board members loved the event. “The event was really informative, and I enjoyed hearing both sides of this popular debate,” said Jake Faflick, a Wichita freshman and SALB executive board member.

–Photo contributed by Autrin Naderi, Student Alumni Executive Board

A video of the entire program is available below and on the Dole Institute’s YouTube page.

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