Should Athletes Share in Their School's Profits?

There's an ethical imperative to provide fair compensation for all workers whose hard work and talent create profits.

Q. I’m hearing a lot of talk about abandoning the concept of amateur student-athletes and just paying them salaries instead. How do you view all this?

The current system, as overseen by the NCAA, is an ethical mess, riddled with hypocrisy and under-the-table payments. The moral case against it has been argued persuasively for several years by sports commentators Frank Deford and John Feinstein, and more recently by civil rights historian Taylor Branch.

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Knight came to Kiplinger in 1983, after 13 years in daily newspaper journalism, the last six as Washington bureau chief of the Ottaway Newspapers division of Dow Jones. A frequent speaker before business audiences, he has appeared on NPR, CNN, Fox and CNBC, among other networks. Knight contributes to the weekly Kiplinger Letter.