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Not much revenue expected from alcohol sales at UA basketball

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Beer and wine are coming to Arizona basketball games. Tucson City Council voted Tuesday in favor of the University of Arizona selling beer and wine at college basketball games. At first glance, it seems like this is just another way for the university to make a bunch of cash. But experts say that there is actually not as much money to be made in alcohol sales as one might think. Adding alcohol to college sporting events has been a trend in recent years, mainly with college football games, but recently some basketball schools have started doing it as well, Philadelphia Inquirer sports reporter Frank Fitzpatrick told ASN. “There was no NCAA regulation banning it. It was just a de facto prohibition,” said Fitzpatrick, who has written about the issue often for the Philadelphia Inquirer.   Fitzpatrick said selling alcohol at...

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Arizona basketball nets big bucks, players shortchanged

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The University of Arizona profited more than $9.8 million on the play of 13 scholarship basketball players last year. The athletes earned a $36,000 scholarship and $1,500 every month for food and housing. Their work generated $22.7 million of revenue for the university. They received 4 percent. Critics say the pay is paltry and the ongoing under-the-table pay scandal involving Arizona basketball occurred because athletes are not paid a fair wage for their labors. The huge gap between profit and pay resurfaced last month when the FBI revealed a massive payoff scandal in college basketball that ensnared Arizona and three other universities. Payouts for future players with shoe company money — long common knowledge in college basketball — are now seeing the light of day. Scholars and labor experts call for a fair market value system that would end...

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