JJ Redick Says College Athletes Should Be Paid and 'Scholarships Don't Count'

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2017

North Carolina's Kenny Williams celebrates after the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Gonzaga, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina won 71-65. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Following the North Carolina Tar Heels' 71-65 victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs to win the 2017 NCAA tournament in Phoenix on Monday, Los Angeles Clippers guard JJ Redick brought up the issue of college athletes being paid.     

Here is what Redick said about the topic on Twitter:


In April 2016, the NCAA agreed to a contract extension with Turner and CBS Sports to broadcast the men's basketball tournament through 2032. The last eight years of the deal will pay the organization a total of $8.8 billion. 

A pay-for-play model in college sports has been discussed for years. Some full scholarship athletes across the country have received stipends ranging from $2,000-5,000 starting in the 2015-16 academic year.

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