Re: 'Should college basketball players be paid?'
By who? The school? The NCAA? No. It's not football, basketball players aren't putting athletic departments in the black, ask Kansas. There's not THAT much money in hoops.
But there's absolutely no reason athletes shouldn't be able to make money outside of the university. A kid that goes to Purdue, just an example I'm familiar with, should be able to shoot a local commercial for Mike Raisor Ford and make like a grand. Tell me why he/she shouldn't, I mean it. Because the car dealership owner'll pay him under the table? Yeah, that's not already happening. How do you think 20 year olds with no credit are cruising around in late model Insert Local Dealership Models?
Don't pay them. Let them make money by being good.