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The Associated Press takes a look at the topic of athlete stipends:
MIAMI -- After decades when paying college athletes was thought to violate the spirit of amateurism, the enormous television revenue generated by sports -- football and basketball in particular -- and the long hours of work by the players have changed the debate.
The head of the NCAA now supports a stipend for athletes to cover costs beyond tuition, books and fees, and both coaches in Monday's BCS championship between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama spoke in support of the idea in the days before the game.
The question is no longer whether to cut athletes a check, it's how best to do that.
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