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Time has come to talk about pay-for-play

Originally Published: July 12, 2011
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Tattoos and television. Let's start there.

We're talking about paying college athletes now because of the body art that blew up the Buckeyes. When a few Ohio State players hooked up with Edward Rife at Fine Line Ink, it triggered a substantial scandal at a marquee football address. And it triggered substantial debate, including a national dialogue about players' market value and their ability (or lack thereof) to cash in on it.

We're talking about pay-for-play because of the ...

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