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Are College Athletes About to Get Paid?

Why does the idea of paying college athletes make so many people upset?

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

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A star college athlete can help rake in millions for the school he attends but never see a cent for himself because of existing NCAA rules. California lawmakers just passed a bill that would allow collegiate athletes to profit off their name, likeness, and image in a step to rectify the discrepancy. The Fair Pay for Play Act is just a piece of the larger conversation about paying college athletes. Is the NCAA being pulled closer to paying its athletes?

Guest: Bomani Jones, co-host of ESPN’s High Noon and host of The Right Time with Bomani Jones

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