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Brian Connolly said on October 10th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Tyler, I have a question for you. Did the discussion on the panel really just focus on the question “do student athletes deserve to be paid, or is a tuition-free education enough?” In my opinion, that question is FAR too narrow. The focus should be on the concept of amateurism, and whether athletes should be allowed to make money off their own names and likenesses (through sponsorships, autograph signings, etc.), regardless of whether the schools themselves pay the athletes. Did that discussion come up at all on the panel?

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Tyler Becker said on October 10th, 2013 at 11:22 am

Brian, you are correct. There was certainly more focus than just that one question. Amateurism, likenesses, video games, autographs, and other topics were surely covered. However, each conversation ultimately boiled down to the same question: “is a tuition-free education enough?” Cases such as Ed O’Bannon, Terrelle Pryor, and many others were indeed talked about. I wanted to address the core of the issue through this piece, and highlight some takeaways from each panelist.