NEW JERSEY -- Bob Ley, former host of Outside the Lines, on ESPN, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato recently and came out in support of student athletes receiving pay for their participation on college teams. 

Ley, a multiple Emmy Award-winner, had been the longest tenured on-air employee of the sports network. He joined ESPN just three days after their launch in 1979 and only retired this past June. Ley grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and got his start in broadcasting on the noted radio station at Seton Hall University, WSOU. 

“There are billions of dollars at stake,” Ley said. “There are coaches making over 10 million dollars a year. The TV money is astronomical,” he continued, “and the young adults, they are the product.”

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Ley admitted there were things that remained to be worked out, such as whether or not athletes playing in sports that do not generate revenue should be paid alongside those which are lucrative, but that this issue will eventually be brought before the courts. “It has to be addressed,” he added. 

 

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