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Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports (2014)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-09-24

Duration: 00:57:35

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | College athletes | College sports | HIGHER EDUCATION | Business | Cador, Roger | Alleva, Joe


  • Redman, Carl Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Scott, Loren Interviewee
  • Broussard, William Interviewee
  • Keene, Kathy Interviewee
  • Feldman, Gabe Interviewee
  • Temple, Collis, III Interviewee
  • Brandon, Cheryl Speaker
  • Lindsey, Word Speaker
  • Berry, Shelton Speaker
  • Landry, Don Speaker
  • Livingston, Drew Speaker
  • McLarty, Stoney Speaker
  • Moore, Tommy Speaker
  • Phinney, Sayre Speaker
  • Thomas, Kristal Speaker
  • Crafton, Caitlin Speaker
  • Farris, William C., Jr. Speaker
  • Lewis, Gabrielle Speaker
  • Sartain, Katherine Speaker
  • Benson, Karl Panelist
  • Alleva, Joe Panelist
  • Cador, Roger Panelist
  • Feldman, Gabe Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from September 24, 2014, features Carl Redman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the business of college sports. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. The audience members discuss: whether colleges should pay athletes; how the colleges and universities would fund paying athletes; and the practice of bigger colleges paying large amounts of money to smaller colleges to play non-conference football games. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Karl Benson, the commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference; Joe Alleva, the athletic director at Louisiana State University (LSU); Roger Cador, the baseball coach at Southern University; and Gabe Feldman, the director of the Sports Law Program at Tulane University. They discuss: their view on the growing commercialization of college sports; whether schools should pay cost of attendance stipends to student-athletes; a potential payment system for student-athletes; the multiple lawsuits against the NCAA; the mission of college athletic programs; the high cost of coaches’ salaries; the academic support system already in place for student-athletes; and the saturation point for the growth of college sports as a business.