New Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Compensating NCAA Athletes

A nationwide survey of 1,030 Americans, conducted by the national survey research and polling firm Cygnal on behalf of Fans for Fair Play, which promotes fair compensation and economic opportunities for college athletes, shows substantial nationwide support to allow college athletes to be compensated. 

The nationwide survey revealed not only that 58% of respondents support allowing college athletes to be paid, but that the following forms of payment are most favorable: paid internships/apprenticeships, trust funds received upon graduation, and paid sponsorships/endorsements. 

“There’s no getting around it—denying college athletes compensation for an activity that takes hours out of their day hits low-income students hardest,” said Brent Buchanan, CEO, and Founder of Cygnal. “These athletes put their bodies on the line, risking career-ending injuries. The data shows Americans believe they should be rewarded for what they bring to the school.” 

This survey was conducted by Cygnal May 5 – 9, 2021, with 1,030 U.S. adults. It has a margin of error of ±3.05%. Respondents were interviewed via an online panel. This survey was weighted to a U.S. adult universe.

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by Fans For Fair Play | Fox Sports Radio | May 19, 2021