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College sports' billion-dollar issue: Who pays freight on pay-to-play?
College sports' billion-dollar issue: Who pays freight on pay-to-play?

The commissioner of one college conference recently compared the state of the NCAA to that of a delicate ecosystem being threatened by the heat of what is shaping up to be a long and litigious summer. Ed O’Bannon’s lawsuit against the NCAA, set for trial this month, is one issue. The former UCLA basketball All-American is leading a class-action complaint that challenges the NCAA’s right to use the images of former players for commercial purposes. Billions of dollars are at stake, and a favorable outcome for the plaintiffs could radically alter college athletics. Another is the vote of Northwestern football players to unionize, an idea NCAA President Mark Emmert termed “ridiculous” before...

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