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Meister: Student athletes deserve pay for their play


By Dick Meister

Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor for more than a half-century. Contact him through his website,, which includes more than 300 of his columns.

Few groups of workers are more highly exploited than so-called student athletes, as they're called euphemistically by the colleges and universities that employ them.

That's right, employ them – employ them to play games that bring in billions of dollars in television money and other revenue to their schools and their highly-paid coaches.

The schools really make out at this time of the year, playing in football bowl games that bring schools millions of dollars from radio and television networks that use the games to peddle beer and other merchandise at great profit. Read more »