UofL President Ramsey: Kevin Ware saga 'puts a human face on the business side' of college sports

04/06/2013 01:17 PM

The national flood lights that have been focused on UofL guard Kevin Ware’s injury and the controversy over Adidas’ Ware-inspired shirt have rekindled the debate over compensation of college athletes.

University of Louisville President James Ramsey told cn|2 Sports that many athletes do get financial benefits in the way of scholarships.

But he said NCAA and university leaders need to continue debating whether that’s enough compared to the money-making enterprises that have sprung up around college sports.

“It puts a human face on the business side of sports. Nobody is going to say that college football and college basketball isn’t big business. Just look around at all the marketing and promotion and the 70,000 will be at the game on Saturday night. And what happened to Kevin is a reminder that it really is about the students,” Ramsey said (1:20 of the three-minute interview below).

Ramsey said he doesn’t know how much the university’s big weekend will be worth — in terms of fund-raising, athletics proceeds and enrollment — with the men in Atlanta for the Final Four and the UofL women in New Orleans for their Final Four.


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