It’s Time: Pay the Next Generation of Athletes What They’re Worth

If we want to give players a better chance, we’ve got to stop the cycle of exploitation before it starts

This isn’t an accident. It’s how the game was built. Until you sign a pro contract, you’re barred not just from earning money but from learning about it in any real way.

Back then I was one of the most promising prospects in the country. I’d been a McDonald’s All American. I’d won National Player of the Year in college — not once, but twice. And I’d brought Duke a national championship under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Co-host for ESPN’s top-rated morning show KJZ. Executive producer & host for ESPN’s The Boardroom. Author & motivational speaker.

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