Fried supports paying college student athletes
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Fried supports paying college student athletes


As more and more and state legislatures consider passing “pay to play” legislation similar to the bill signed into law in California, could the end of College football be a few touchdown passes away?

Even elected officials are beginning to chime in, as Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) recently tweeted out her support for student-athlete pay, saying that “its past time” for “NCAA college players to earn compensation that recognizes their value and sacrifices.”

The notion of paying student-athletes to play in the existing and highly lucrative collegiate sports arena is staggeringly supported by fans and prospective college athletes, a number of elected officials like Fried.

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Competing in school sports and going to class is like holding down two full-time jobs that don’t pay.

Student-athletes put their bodies through excruciating exercise regimens, and often endure painful injuries, some even career-ending, and still don’t get paid a dime.

College football is rightfully seen by many as a minor league system for the NFL, as most professional prospects go from graduation straight to an NFL training camp in a matter of weeks, not months.

Remember, unlike Major League Baseball, that forks out big bucks to fund their minor league baseball leagues, the NFL doesn’t spend a penny in support of the NCAA.

Talk about a return on no investment.


Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist owns Diverse New Media, Corp. which publishes,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. He ran as a Republican in the 2018 congressional primary race in Florida's CD 22. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at Email him at [email protected]

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