NCAA proposing to pay athletes up to $2,000

NCAA president Mark Emmert  told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics today that a proposal to increase grants to student athletes is being finalized this week and that he’ll ask the NCAA Division I Board of Directors to support it.

Emmert says he supports the proposal to allow conferences to hand out an additional $2,000 to players, “to more closely approach” the full cost of attending college, beyond the athletic scholarships athletes receive for tuition, fees, room, board and books.

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 scholarships.

“This week, I’ll be asking the board to support a proposal to allow conferences — not mandate anyone, but allow conferences, not individual institutions — to increase the value of an athletic grant in aid to more closely approach the full cost of attendance,” Emmert said.

“We are going to create a model that would allow — probably … up to $2,000 in addition to” tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies.

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