Report puts price tag on top NCAA talent

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Report puts price tag on top NCAA talent

From Comcast SportsNet Monday, September 12, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new report from an advocacy group says that the average fair market value of top-tier college football and men's basketball players is over 100,000 -- and the athletes are entitled to at least a portion of that.

The report says that, instead, players receive athletic scholarships that don't cover the full cost of attending school -- leaving many of them living below the poverty line.

The report is by the National College Players Association and a Drexel University professor. It will be released Tuesday but The Associated Press obtained an early copy.

The NCAA said in a statement Monday that President Mark Emmert and college presidents have made it clear they support grants that cover the full cost of attending school, though Emmert opposes paying college athletes.

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