Little League Baseball CEO will consider compensating players

Saturday August 23rd, 2014

Little League Baseball would consider compensating future players, CEO Steve Keener told Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

The organization will make $76 million the next eight years on its TV deal, and Keener said the organization would think about sharing some of that money with the kids.

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"I've always felt we need to be as progressive an organization as we can," Keener told Passan. "We don't know what's coming. If at some point in time that would be deemed to be appropriate, we'll consider it. At the moment, I don't see the necessity and don't think we should be compensating kids right now.

"Whether at some point down the road any funds could be put aside to help them with college, I don't know. Down the road, that's something we might take a look at, even if it's feasible."

Earlier this month, a judge ruled in favor of Ed O'Bannon in his case against the NCAA stating that collegiate players should be paid for the use of their name and likeness.

The Little League World Series gained notoriety this year because of female pitcher Mo'ne Davis, and her last game set a record for the most-watched LLWS telecast on ESPN.

Currently, Little Leaguers are only provided with transportation to and from Williamsport, Pa., lodging, meals and a uniform.

Mo'ne Davis on cover of Sports Illustrated

- Chris Mascaro

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