College football, basketball athletes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to NCPA and Drexel study
Jeff Roberson, AP
College football and basketball players could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a report from NBC's Mark Koba.
Koba cited a recent survey conducted by the National College Players Association and Drexel University. The study projected the average fair market value for a college football player at $178,000 per year, with players such as Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel worth as much as $547,000 per year.
Basketball players are even more valuable, according to the study. The average basketball player is projected at $375,000, while top-notch players such as Kansas' Andrew Wiggins are worth more than $1.6 million per year, it said.
"The bidding war for athletes would likely be in the millions," survey co-author Ellen Staurowsky told Koba. Staurowsky is a professor of sports management at Drexel University.
The study could have a big impact as players at Northwestern are pushing to form a union for college athletes. The NCPA is one of the groups helping to unionize players at Northwestern.
Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.
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