NBA commissioner, Adam Silver has said that he would consider giving subsidies to college players in order to increase the minimum age of NBA players.
Speaking at a business convention on Wednesday, the new commissioner said that he would be open to the idea rather than offering salaries to players.
Silver said: "Rather than focusing on a salary and thinking of them as employees, I would go to their basic necessities. I think if [Connecticut Huskies guard] Shabazz Napier is saying he is going hungry, my God, it seems hard to believe, but there should be ample food for the players."
The new commissioner, who replaced David Stern earlier this year, has been very outspoken in his belief that the minimum age for NBA players should be raised.
This has led to Silver speaking more about the NCAA than Stern or commissioners from other sports.
However, those college athletes who believe they should be entitled to payment will see these words as encouraging as the first time that a high ranking executive has spoken out in support.
Earlier this month, football players from Northwestern University won a legal case to be able to form a union.
The NCAA will fear that this could happen at other colleges and even in other sports which would seriously damage the current structure of collegiate athletics.