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Report Says Top College Athletes Worth 6-Figures

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WASHINGTON (AP)  A new report from an advocacy group says that the average fair market value of top-tier college football and men’s basketball players is over $100,000  and the athletes are entitled to at least a portion of that.

The report says that, instead, players receive athletic scholarships that don’t cover the full cost of attending school – leaving many of them living below the poverty line.

The report is by the National College Players Association and a Drexel University professor. It will be released Tuesday but The Associated Press obtained an early copy.

The NCAA said in a statement Monday that President Mark Emmert and college presidents have made it clear they support grants that cover the full cost of attending school, though Emmert opposes paying college athletes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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