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51% of Americans support paying college athletes, Ohio State study finds

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Ohio State defensive back Shaun Wade is projected as a first round pick. Could you imagine if he could have been paid during his tenure at Ohio State?

Do you feel collegiate athletes should be paid? Many of America believes college sports players should be paid.

More Americans than not believe that college athletes should be allowed to be paid more than what it costs them to go to school, a new national study of nearly 4,000 people suggests.

Findings from the National Sports and Society Survey (NSASS), led by researchers at The Ohio State University, suggest that 51 percent of adults agree that college athletes should have the ability to be paid above school costs, 41 percent disagree and 8 percent don’t know.

An analysis of the survey results, published this week in the Sociology of Sport Journal, found a variety of factors were linked to how Americans thought about the issue, including race, ethnicity, views about discrimination in society and traditionalism.

You can read more about the study here.

I want to know what you think? Do you think the players should get a check? I mean they are entertainers….

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