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Wins for College Athletes in Court Could Cost Fellow Students

Wins by college athletes in courtrooms and boardrooms could end up as losses for their nonathlete classmates.

High-profile legal cases and NCAA policy changes are likely to boost the cost of fielding big-time athletics programs, and students— even those who never attend a single college basketball or football game — may have to foot the bill.

Some schools have already hinted they would pay athletes thousands of dollars more per year after NCAA officials said they might allow universities to cover athletes’ entire cost of attendance. That change would likely lead some schools to raise other students’ fees.