New York antitrust and sports law attorney Jeffrey Kessler of Winston & Strawn discusses non-revenue generating college sports.
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I don’t think that’s a realistic possibility. Right now, for example, there’s plenty of money to share a little bit with the athletes and to also support other sports if that’s what the schools choose to do. You could take a school like Alabama where the coach is making $7 million to $8 million a year, what would be so wrong with a system if the coach made $3 million a year and that additional $4 million was available to be shared with the athletes; most of whom will never be a pro, many of whom will never graduate. What would be wrong with that system? We don’t think it would hurt the other sports at all.