An avid basketball fan, Barack Obama sympathizes with the college athletes, but not enough to force the NCAA to pay them.
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U.S. President Barack Obama came out against compensation for college athletes, but at the same time criticized the NCAA system and called it “unfair” in regards to its treatment of the athletes.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Obama explained that having the NCAA change its policies and pay student-athletes for playing would “ruin the sense of college sports.”
However, Obama added that he shares a sense of frustration over the NCAA and college coaches making millions for their performance while the student-athletes are at risk of losing their college scholarships if they “get a tattoo or free use of a car.”
There has been a long-standing controversy over colleges making tons of money through boosters and merchandise while the athletes they bring on are not allowed to receive any sort of compensation for their performance through the school or any other sources.
Many college athletes have been suspended or banned just for signing autographs or even accepting places to stay when they can’t afford college dorm rooms.