With March Madness in full swing, the question of whether NCAA basketball and football players should be paid is getting a lot of attention. Last week, I interviewed Jeffrey Kessler, who is bringing a class action suit on behalf of the players to gain free agency, as professional players have. This week, an NLRB regional director ruled that players at Northwestern University have the right to unionize.

On my America Weekend show, I talked this all over with Newsday columnist Ellis Henican, from the huge amounts of money floating around in college sports to the impact it would have if the players were treated as paid employees.

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Ellis Henican is co-author of Charlie Crist’s “The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat” and Dwight Gooden’s “Doc: A Memoir.”

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