Numlock Sunday: Lev Akabas on NCAA Athletes
By Walt Hickey
Welcome to the Numlock Sunday edition. Each week, I'll sit down with an author or a writer behind one of the stories covered in a previous weekday edition for a casual conversation about what they wrote.
This week, I spoke to Lev Akabas who wrote “Name, Image, Likeness Rights Supported by College Football Fans” for Sportico. Here's what I wrote about it:
There is broad support for college athletes becoming able to earn money from their name, image and likenesses, a new poll found. Last month, the Division I Council proposed an overhaul to NCAA regulations about the ability of amateur student-athletes to make money off of their accomplishments, proposals widely anticipated to sail through a vote in January and see approval by the 2021-22 school year. Fully 70 percent of college sports fans agree that athletes should be able to profit from their name or likeness, a figure more intense than the general public (62 percent). There’s an age skew in the responses, with responde…