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Are players short-changed by profitable Little League World Series?

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Zane Denton, left, of Nashville, TN, trots home after hitting a grand slam home run Monday at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, PA. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Zane Denton, left, of Nashville, TN, trots home after hitting a grand slam home run Monday at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, PA. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The annual Little League World Series is being played in Williamsport, PA.

The kids' games can be seen on ESPN, which is paying the nonprofit Little League Baseball, Inc. $4 million to broadcast 32 games this year.

According to tax filings, Little League Baseball Inc. earned $2.8 million in profit last year.

So it begs the question: Don't the players deserve a cut?

Maybe not a paycheck, but some have suggested the money be put toward a college scholarship.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports believes the players deserve something:

"The players deserve something from this booming, expansive event, even if it is just a few grand that go directly into a college scholarship fund or some kind of trust (if they don't go to college) that can't be accessed until age 18 or 21. A similar system could be worked out for international players based on their own cultural norms."

 

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Should players at the Little League World Series receive some sort of compensation?

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