Playoff Dollars Could Spark Calls To Pay Players

DALLAS (AP) – The new playoff system means big money to the schools in major college football, as much as a half billion dollars per year just in television rights alone.

That has Texas coach Mack Brown – among others – wondering if some of that windfall ought to be heading the players way.

Soon after the new playoff format was approved by university presidents Tuesday in Washington, Brown tweeted: “In my opinion, with the amount of money the playoff will generate, I hope we can revisit the student-athlete stipend.”

Even before the playoff plan had a presidential seal of approval, a group of former and current athletes was pushing for some of the newfound wealth to be spent on player safety and health.

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