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Should Little League Players Get Paid For Performance?

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the South Nashville Little League team celebrated their amazing season chasing their world series dreams this year, the debate continues about whether the leagues -- or even the players -- should get paid for their performance.

As the South Nashville team crept closer to the World Series, the little leaguers got involved in some big expenses, traveling to different tournaments while paying for gas and hotel rooms.

At the same time, television networks shelled out millions of dollars for the right to broadcast the World Series games and take in advertising revenue.

That's left some parents asking whether the league should get some of that cash to help for expenses, and prep for next year.

"It's not easy to raise money," said Little League parent Amy Morgan.  "It's hard to get people to understand the level of Little League World Series.

The teams coach said while the money would be nice, he thinks it would get in the way of what makes the sport unique: the kids playing only for the love of the game.

Dozens of local businesses helped sponsor the team.  The kids signed dozens of autographs at a homecoming celebration Saturday.  Many of those autographs went on posters that will go to those businesses who donated money.

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