Letter: NCAA athletes already compensated

Syracuse Orange guard Tyler Ennis is fouled by

Syracuse Orange guard Tyler Ennis is fouled by St. John's Red Storm guard D'Angelo Harrison as he drives to the basket during the second half of an NCAA game at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15, 2013. Photo Credit: Brad Penner

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Regarding NCAA athletes being compensated for their play ["NCAA's future unclear," Sports, Aug. 10], Division I athletes are granted compensation already.

Many Division I athletes receive full scholarships that include room and board. Additionally, they receive special treatment when it comes to class schedules, dorm rooms and meals. At top-tier schools, this could otherwise cost $50,000 to $60,000 a year.

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For the athlete, there is often no cost whatsoever. For the privilege of playing a sport, these young men and women receive what most kids' parents have to pay in tuition and most kids have to repay in loans.

Frank Lombardo, Kings Park

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