In College Sports, a New Openness to Increasing Player Benefits

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In games this past weekend, some players wrote the letters "APU," for All Players United, on parts of their equipment to protest the NCAA's treatment of athletes on issues including compensation and concussions. Among them were Georgia Tech's Vad Lee (right), whose wristband carries the symbolic protest.

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Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT

In games this past weekend, some players wrote the letters "APU," for All Players United, on parts of their equipment to protest the NCAA's treatment of athletes on issues including compensation and concussions. Among them were Georgia Tech's Vad Lee (right), whose wristband carries the symbolic protest.

Until now, the debate over paying college athletes has had two diametrically opposed camps: those who fiercely oppose the idea, and those who see it as the only equitable solution to one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's biggest challenges.

But in recent weeks, some of those staunch critics have softened their stance, conceding that the association should consider alternative benefits to players beyond the value of their scholarships.

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