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#pounditTuesday, September 29, 2020

ESPN’s Jay Williams says players should boycott Final Four

Jay Williams

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams made a radical suggestion on Tuesday.

In a video posted to his Twitter account, Williams explained why he thinks college basketball players should boycott the Final Four.

Williams compared the scholarships college athletes receive to shares of the salary cap in professional sports. He also compared college players to the members of the US women’s national soccer team, who made complaints over wage inequalities.

“Wouldn’t it be a crazy thing if we saw players actually, just not boycott a game in the NCAA Tournament, but boycott the Final Four? Imagine how quickly the NCAA would recognize that it’s just not only a business for themselves, but also a business for the athletes as well. That’s how you make change,” he concluded, as transcribed by The Spun.

Williams’ comments come a day after fellow ESPN analyst Jalen Rose suggested that the players boycott the tournament entirely.

The issue of college players being paid came to the forefront after an FBI investigation showed widespread corruption throughout college basketball.

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