NCAA weighing payments to athletes
Payments would be beyond scholarships, fees, room and books
WASHINGTON -- NCAA President Mark Emmert says he supports a proposal to allow conferences to increase grants to student athletes by $2,000, “to more closely approach” the full cost of attending college, beyond the athletic scholarships athletes receive for tuition, fees, room, board and books.
Emmert tells the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on Monday that the proposal will be finalized this week and he’ll ask the NCAA to support it. He noted that student athletes have limited opportunities to work outside the classroom and playing fields, and that the current model of athletic scholarship hasn’t changed for 40 years.
Emmert says he’ll also ask the board to allow colleges and universities to provide multiyear grants, instead of year-to-year grants.