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Should college players get paid?

Tuesday’s are always better after a night of football! Patriots and Raiders are winners last night… but first I want to focus on a VERY controversial sports topic

National Collegiate Athletic AssociationShould college athletes get a piece of the money pie? A new study shows exactly how valuable these athletes are, and the group behind it says, yes student athletes should get paid. It's always been a hot button topic: the study not only says they
should get paid, it gives an actual dollar amount. The study
claims the average football player is worth more than
$120,000
to their big-time college, basketball players have a market value of over $265,000. Despite the fact that these athletes generate millions of dollars in revenue for their schools, many are living below the federal poverty line and that forces athletes to get paid under-the-table. The study was done by a group representing college athletes. It also calls for scholarships to include the extra costs of attending school and for athletes to be able to make money through endorsements. The NCAA told the Associated Press it hasn't looked at this report, but it was already looking at some possible changes.

Michael Jordan has been reportedly fined $100,000 by the NBA for talking about the current NBA lockout. A rep for the NBA confirmed the league fined Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Bobcats, for making comments to an Australian newspaper about the need for revenue sharing in the NBA. The NBA has told its owners to keep their mouths shut during the current NBA Lockout, even if you are the greatest NBA player ever.

Novak Djokovic showed his love for America in winning the US Open last night. Djokovic, who’s from Serbia, wore special Red, White and Blue shoes last night in beating Rafael Nadal in 4 sets for his first US Open title. Djokovic is having an historic season. He’s won 10 tournaments this year, including 3 Grand Slams titles.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams was fined $2000 for going off on a chair umpire in the US Open finals, calling her "a hater." The USTA said that Williams was verbally offensive, but her language was not a major offense. If you think the 2-grand fine set Serena back, consider that she made 1.4 million dollars at the US Open this year.

It looks like Will Smith and Mark Anthony are best buds. At the 5:30 mark in the Second Quarter of last night’s Monday Night Football game in Miami, the cameras focused on Will and Mark having a good time in a luxury suite with the Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade watching the Patriots beat the Dolphins. Mark Anthony called rumors that he had an affair with Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith "laughable," and after watching Will and Marc laughing it up during last night’s game, I guess you could say Marc’s telling the truth!

Have a great Tuesday! I’ll see ya tomorrow morning on HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade

Tuesday’s are always better after a night of football! Patriots and Raiders are winners last night… but first I want to focus on a VERY controversial sports topic

Should college athletes get a piece of the money pie? A new study shows exactly how valuable these athletes are, and the group behind it says, yes student athletes should get paid. It's always been a hot button topic: the study not only says they
should get paid, it gives an actual dollar amount. The study
claims the average football player is worth more than
$120,000
to their big-time college, basketball players have a market value of over $265,000. Despite the fact that these athletes generate millions of dollars in revenue for their schools, many are living below the federal poverty line and that forces athletes to get paid under-the-table. The study was done by a group representing college athletes. It also calls for scholarships to include the extra costs of attending school and for athletes to be able to make money through endorsements. The NCAA told the Associated Press it hasn't looked at this report, but it was already looking at some possible changes.

Michael Jordan has been reportedly fined $100,000 by the NBA for talking about the current NBA lockout. A rep for the NBA confirmed the league fined Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Bobcats, for making comments to an Australian newspaper about the need for revenue sharing in the NBA. The NBA has told its owners to keep their mouths shut during the current NBA Lockout, even if you are the greatest NBA player ever.

Novak Djokovic showed his love for America in winning the US Open last night. Djokovic, who’s from Serbia, wore special Red, White and Blue shoes last night in beating Rafael Nadal in 4 sets for his first US Open title. Djokovic is having an historic season. He’s won 10 tournaments this year, including 3 Grand Slams titles.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams was fined $2000 for going off on a chair umpire in the US Open finals, calling her "a hater." The USTA said that Williams was verbally offensive, but her language was not a major offense. If you think the 2-grand fine set Serena back, consider that she made 1.4 million dollars at the US Open this year.

It looks like Will Smith and Mark Anthony are best buds. At the 5:30 mark in the Second Quarter of last night’s Monday Night Football game in Miami, the cameras focused on Will and Mark having a good time in a luxury suite with the Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade watching the Patriots beat the Dolphins. Mark Anthony called rumors that he had an affair with Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith "laughable," and after watching Will and Marc laughing it up during last night’s game, I guess you could say Marc’s telling the truth!

Have a great Tuesday! I’ll see ya tomorrow morning on HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade

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