Charles Barkley made an interesting argument on Inside the NBA on Monday. While discussing Bronny James' latest Sierra Canyon game on ESPN, Barkley wondered how we reconcile high school sports being broadcast nationally while there is an argument about whether or not (or even how) college athletes should be paid. Is it the same thing? Barkley called it the "ultimate exploitation" with Kenny Smith agreeing with his point.
It's interesting that Shaq, the only one on the panel who raised a star athlete, is on the side of letting the kids play on television. I'm sure Shareef had a few games on national television, but does anyone remember?
LeBron James had a high school game shown on ESPN nearly two decades ago. By now, this is probably just the new normal.