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Poll finds mixed public support for college paying athletes

By on June 25, 2021 0

A new poll linked to the recent Supreme Court ruling on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s payment restrictions on varsity athletes found that public opinion was mixed on whether athletes should be allowed to receive modest payments for their name, image or likeness, or NIL.

The court ruled that the NCAA could not prohibit small payments to athletes, but a nationally representative survey of 1,000 respondents found that although 60 percent of the public supported college athletes who won l When making money by selling or endorsing products with their own image or likeness, only 26 percent of respondents supported paying athletes directly from college funds, and 45 percent opposed.

The poll, published Thursday by the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, found that respondents preferred colleges to give athletes a share of the money the college earns from their sport. Forty-seven percent of respondents were in favor of this option and 29 percent were against it.

Public opinion on this issue was also very divided along political lines.

College sports fans and non-sports fans agreed in their support for athletes making money through their own image or likeness – at 62% and 59% respectively – but there were differences by political affiliation, with 69% of Democrats and 61% of Independents supporting the idea, compared to 42% of Republicans, ”a Bucknell Institute blog post said.“ Fans and non-fans alike were opposed to paying college athletes directly from college funds at 43% and 45% respectively, with 61% of Republicans against, versus 33% of Democrats.

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