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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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Andy Uhler

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Andy Uhler is the Texas-based reporter for Marketplace, based in Austin.

He joined Marketplace team from the Texas Standard, an hour-long news program produced at KUT in Austin, Texas. Prior to that, he was a natural resources policy analyst at the Texas Legislature as part of a global policy studies master’s program at the University of Texas at Austin. He was also the senior producer for the music journalism program Texas Music Matters, and he worked as a co-host for NPR Music’s festival coverage.

Andy's reporting tends to focus on the energy industry and agriculture in Texas. Every now and again, though, he gets to report on sports. When that happens, don't be surprised if the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers or Dallas Mavericks enter the conversation.

Latest Stories from Andy (521)

NCAA getting closer to letting student athletes cash in on names and likenesses

by Andy Uhler Nov 1, 2019
The move comes after California's "Student Athlete Bill of Rights" law.
Katelyn Ohashi of UCLA competes in the floor exercise during a meet against Stanford at Pauley Pavilion in March 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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McKinsey to banks: innovate or die

by Andy Uhler Oct 22, 2019
Traditional banks are ceding market share to new platforms.
IndyMac Bank failed during the last recession. Above, customers are allowed into a branch in Pasadena, California after the federal government seized the failing bank in 2008.
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NBA thinks earlier start times will lead to more TV viewers

by Andy Uhler Oct 22, 2019
The league's strategy is to have more games start before East Coast viewers fall asleep.
Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the 2019 NBA Finals in 2019 in Toronto, Canada.
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China's GDP growth expected to be slowest in decades

by Andy Uhler Oct 17, 2019
The Chinese government may resort to the use of monetary policy to promote the economic growth that is eluding it.
China's exports fell by over 3% in the past year, slowing GDP growth. Above, the port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province in 2018.
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IMF says U.S.-China tensions impede global growth

by Andy Uhler Oct 15, 2019
0.8% may not sound like a lot, but on a global scale, it's different.
The IMF released a report saying global growth would be larger if the U.S.-China trade war ended. Above, workers prepare a shipping container at a port in the Shandong province of China in January, 2019.
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Daytime TV is having a moment

by Andy Uhler, Katherine Wiles, and Michael Lipkin Oct 10, 2019
Familiar faces from the world of news and entertainment are getting lassoed into host roles.
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In the NBA vs. China battle, business could suffer

by Kai Ryssdal and Andy Uhler Oct 9, 2019
Billions of dollars in revenue is at stake for the NBA.
The NBA flagship retail store in Beijing.
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From fracking to "Fortnite": Company pivots from oil to esports

by Andy Uhler Sep 19, 2019
For one investment firm, competitive video gaming suddenly looked better than the volatile energy industry.
Gamers play "Fortnite" against Twitch streamer and professional gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins during Ninja Vegas '18 at Esports Arena Las Vegas in April 2018.
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The amount of money people took home last year was the same as the year before

by Andy Uhler Sep 10, 2019
The median U.S. household income was $533 higher last year than in 2017, which economists say is statistically insignificant.
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For those out of work, low unemployment numbers don't add up

by Andy Uhler Sep 5, 2019
The U.S. unemployment rate remains historically low. But that does not mean everyone who wants a job has a job.
Sitting at a cafe in North Central Austin, 59-year-old quality control manager, Lisa Donahoe, keeps a color coded spreadsheet to track all the jobs she's applied for over the last three and a half months.
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