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paying college athletes. with the schools and the n-c-a-a pulling in millions and millions of dollars - should the athletes be entitled to a cut of that money. 44news reporter jeff goldberg joins us now after a detailed investigation. brought back to light by the recent shoe deal scandal that rocked college athletics -- is the issue of paying college players. it's an issue that's been talked about at length for years but can anything be done? meet stan simpson -- center for the owensboro colonels recently formed aba team. the 6'10 big man started playing basketball at just 14 -- which is later than most. stan says: "growing up i'm from a rough place in chicago illinois i come from the south side of chicago." stan was lucky and played ball at legendary simeon high school -- which has produced the likes of derrick rose and jabari parker. he decided to play basketball everyday because it was better than his other options. stan says: "it's either basketball or the streets so a lot of people choose basketball." but not everyone is blessed with stan's height or natural ability around the rim. after receiving 5 d1 scholarship offers the big man decided to stay in state and take his talents to champaign. stan says: "i earned a big ten scholarship for your own state is big for me and my family." he played for one season at u of i before head coach bruce weber was axed. simpson bounced around for a season before landing at memphis -- under the then second youngest coach in division one basketball josh pastner. simpson says: "it was somebody you could relate to still like in tune with coaching and everything." during simpson's two years at memphis - coach pastner earned a reported 2.2 million dollars. the basketball program itself brought in a little more than 8 and a half million dollars in 20-13 alone. that's according to official university of memphis financial reports. all the while - simpson was eligible for a bit of financial aid -- but he was not eligible for any of the money he helped the university earn. so does simpson feel as though he was entitled to some of that money? some of the money his image and his ability on the floor made for the university? stan says: "during college yes especially when you know how much money they are making." and that's the fundamental issue with college athletics right there. stan's one and only job has been basketball -- after college basketball took him across the globe. stan says: "i've been to chech republic, belgium, mexico, and switzerland." but the issue is -- he could have been earning money -- at least a piece of the revenue he helped pull in for the tigers. kevin brown -- a university of indiana professor who has spoken at length about the subject - says this process goes against basic american values. kevin brown says: "what's so troublesome about this issue of college athletes is that we don't just have another area american life where people who generate the revenue by right can't get paid for the revenue they generate." so for simpson to earn what he could be entitled to would make him an employee of the university -- something experts say the universities don't want. kevin says: "once they become employees it triggers all of those protections employees have." that includes things like workman's comp -- so when a player goes down with a debilitating knee injury -- the university may be on the hook for life. or minimum wage -- which may not be a problem for revenue earning sports like football and basketball -- but for those sports that don't make any revenue it would be an issue. kevin brown says: "do you have to pay some of these athletes who are on limited scholarships money." so while experts are doubtful players like simpson will ever get paid while they're in college - there is one idea floating around - to get players their due. it would involve a select group of universities that would pony up the money for their athletes. kevin brown says: "and they're going to get the better athletes they're going to get more of the publicity what you would effectively create would be this sort of super college sports league in football and basketball." there is also something to be said about the value of earning the right to walk with a diploma in hand. stan was able to graduate with his degree -- which not all athletes are able to accomplish. he says he's fighting for a shot in the n-b-a but he is ready to fall back on his degree should it not pan out in the end. jg 44news. snapchat is trying to rescue itself from




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