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Shea Morenz

Former UT athlete weighs in on the challenges ahead from college athletes profiting off their name, image and likeness

Shea Morenz played football and baseball at UT before going pro. (Shea Morenz)

Editor's Note: Shea Morenz is the chief executive of Morenz Group which provides strategic guidance and expansionary capital to privately held companies. He earned an MBA from the University of Michigan in 2002 and a BBA in finance from The University of Texas at Austin where he lettered in both football and baseball and received Southwest Conference Academic Honors, graduating in '97. He was a first draft choice with the Yankees in '95, where he played professionally for five years.

College football conference realignment and the controversial "Fair Pay for Play" ruling seems inevitable when you consider that eight of the top 10 biggest outdoor stadiums in the world host Saturday College Football games where the athletes on the field are paid $0. As a capitalist, I can get behind both of these concepts. As a former collegiate and professional athlete, I struggle mightily with their implementation and, importantly, with the reality that amateur sport as we know it will no longer exist.

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