College athletes are being educated, not exploited

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  • Val Ackerman and Larry Scott: Critics of college sports have argued student athletes should be paid
  • They're not exploited; they're given an opportunity to get ahead and most of them take it, say Ackerman and Scott

Val Ackerman is the commissioner of the Big East Conference and was the founding president of the Women's National Basketball Association and a past president of USA Basketball. Larry Scott is commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference and former chairman and chief executive officer of the WTA Tour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs.

(CNN)As March Madness ends with millions of Americans watching college basketball games, the values of intercollegiate athletics and higher education have never seemed more important.