Jewish World Review Feb. 14, 2003 / 12 Adar I, 5763

Evan Weiner

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Adding jocks to the state's payrolls


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Are college football players about ready to become state employees?

Nebraska governor Mike Johanns has started his second term by backing legislation that would give university of Nebraska football players a stipend for performing.

Nebraska players aren't going to get paid anytime soon, but Governor Johanns feels that the college football industry isn't doing enough for its players which is why he is supporting state Senator Ernie Chambers proposal that Cornhusker players should get money.

Chambers proposed law is weak however, since it requires three other states with big 12 conference football teams to pass similar legislation. Chambers ought to go ahead and pay the players anyway, and make sure it doesn't come from the general fund. instead the money should come from NCAA TV and radio contracts and stadium revenues. there is no need to make Nebraska taxpayers shoulder the burden.

Schools generate millions on the backs of players who may get a scholarship but often never get educated. Senator Chambers proposal is a good starting point, but far more needs to be done.

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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. Comment on this column by clicking here.

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