Questions on sport scholarships

03/27/2014 7:03 PM

03/28/2014 9:07 AM

Re "Labor edict says college players can unionize" (Page A1, March 27): The primary function of a college is academics. Most or all sports income goes to support all sports program, not academics.

If only scholarship students are allowed to unionize and be paid, does that include all sports and all schools, even the schools that don't make much money on sports? Aren't many of these athletes already being paid via scholarship programs? Is it fair not to include those not on scholarships who put in the same amount of time as those who are?

The sports that bring in the most money are mainly football and basketball. Major League Baseball has a farm system that is independent of colleges. Football and basketball use universities as their farm systems for free. If it is that important to pay student athletes, make the NBA and the NFL pay their fair share. Unintended consequences have not shown themselves yet.

-- John Hightower, Orangevale

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