The Fab 5 from Michigan challenged what was once age-old basketball gospel that a team can’t win with five newcomer starters. Yet, with their finesse, unique style and drive- they revolutionized college basketball and its dress code. Their cultural impact penetrated the NCAA"s bottom line. And as their appeal as "star student athletes" gained momentum, the collegiate sports industry recognized just how lucrative the Fab Five could become. The Fab Five’s first year, 1991, marked the beginning of a seven-year, $1 billion mega-deal between CBS and the NCAA that gave the network the rights to broadcast every game in the tournament. TV networks and apparel manufacturers were setting up to earn billions, the players — including the Fab Five — were however learning a harsh lesson about who wasn’t eligible for a cut of the windfall profits basketball was generating. As “game-changers," they sparked conversation about paying "student athletes"-- a topic that has since been debated internationally.
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