NEIL CAVUTO (HOST): All right, this could be a big deal. The NCAA will permit athletes to be compensated — this is the first time — for their names and images and likenesses. This is coming from the board of governors. Obviously, this opens what could be a floodgate of activity, not only in college basketball, but football. So what our panel makes of that right now — Lee Carter, John Lonski, Capri Cafaro. Capri, what do you think?
CAPRI CAFARO (DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST): I'm really torn on this issue, because obviously these athletes put a lot of time and effort, and you know, they bring in revenue in many instances to the university — because they are, you know, potentially on a winning team. At the same time, they are also oftentimes compensated already by being provided athletic scholarships as student athletes. So you know, there's going to be a lot of variation across the NCAA on this. And you know, I brought up the issue as well that, is this across all sports — is this for female athletes, as opposed to male athletes? How does Title IX play into this? I have no idea.
CAVUTO: What do you think?
LEE CARTER (REPUBLICAN POLLSTER): Listen, I think — I agree with all the things that you find complicating about it. But I also think that it changes the sport from a spectator, you know? From the point of we're rooting for these kids, from the point of not — this isn't about compensation or fame, this is about the love of sport and the love of your schools. And it changes —
CAVUTO: And popular sports at that, if it's baseball and basketball and football. But I don't know to the extent of lacrosse —
JOHN LONSKI (CHIEF ECONOMIST, MOODY'S CAPITAL MARKETS): Well, here's the problem. You're going to be compensated for your image, your likeness. So it depends upon how badly the media wants to capture your image or likeness. And I can't help but think that this is going to force some of these college athletes to inflate their egos quite dramatically —
CARTER: Even more.
CAVUTO: Even more.
LONSKI: It really puts people off. I can't really understand this here.
CAVUTO: I have no idea.
LONSKI: What the parameters are going to be.
CAVUTO: But apparently the staff said, “Neil, it's a big deal,” and I said, “OK, let's do it.”