University of Maryland vs Iowa, 2014.

University of Maryland vs Iowa, 2014.

March Madness is a time to cheer, jeer and marvel at the performances of college basketball players.

But it’s also a time to reflect on the treatment and well-being of these student athletes and ask the question: Should they be paid?

In Maryland, legislation that would’ve given college athletes the right to collectively bargain was proposed but didn’t pass. So, how can these students still have their voices heard?

And in the wake of tragedies like the death of University of Maryland Offensive Lineman Jordan McNair, how do we ensure that universities care for the physical and mental welfare of student athletes?

Produced by Julie Depenbrock


  • Lisa Delpy Neirotti Professor of Tourism and Sport Management, George Washington University School of Business
  • Dionne Koller Sports Law Professor and Director, University of Baltimore Center for Sport and the Law
  • Ellis McKennie Graduate Student in Public Policy and Football Player, University of Maryland
  • Kevin Blackistone Visiting Professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland; National Sports Columnist, The Washington Post; Panelist, ESPN’s Around the Horn

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