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NCAA Finally Pays Players Stipend

This is what people have been clamoring for, but it's also not ideal all at the same time. While players are now eligible to receive a $2,000 stipend from their universities in addition to their scholarships, those schools have to decide to offer the stipend.

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That means not every school will be able to afford it and the schools that can will have a competitive advantage in recruiting. Was that already there for schools like Texas, Texas A&M and the big SEC schools over smaller markets like the University of Houston, Tulsa and others? Sure, but this will be one more nail in those coffins. 

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Plus, the $2,000 isn't going to pay for much that a scholarship wouldn't. It may help pay for a basketball player's trips around draft time or one trip for a parent to see a game, but not much more. In fact, I'm sure this stipend will be more welcome for smaller sports or ones that split scholarships.

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Will baseball and softball then be the ones most positively affected by this, but overall, it seems like a halfhearted attempt at reform.

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