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Friday, September 20, 2019

NBA players chime in on unfairness of CBS’s ‘Zion Cam’

Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson will take center stage when Duke opens its NCAA Tournament run on Friday night, and CBS is planning to put the spotlight on him.

The Sporting News reported that CBS had brought in a “Zion Cam” for Friday’s game, even hiring an extra cameraman and bringing in more equipment to make it happen. The camera will follow Williamson on the floor in isolation for the entire game.

That didn’t impress NBA players Frank Kaminsky and Bobby Portis, both of whom were quick to remark that despite all this, Williamson himself wouldn’t see a penny at the college level.

The point being made is that, despite being the main attraction for a TV network that will roll in the money with their Williamson-centric telecast, the player himself can’t profit. Kaminsky went further, debating with a fan who argued that all the attention would be good for Williamson’s brand once he entered the NBA.

This isn’t the first time Williamson’s presence in the college game has sparked a discussion about paying college athletes. It probably won’t be the last time, either.

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