Business Panelists Debate Whether Student-Athletes are Employees WASHINGTON – The State of College Athletics, held Oct. 21, 2014 in Washington, D.C., raised the question of whether student-athletes should be paid and whether they are university employees. Share this:Tweet Dennis Ting Dennis Ting is a senior broadcast journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. He covers the justice beat for Capital News Service TV. He is a freelancer at Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and the director of WMUC Sports in College Park, Maryland. He has also worked at CNN's Washington, D.C. bureau, NBC Washington and SiriusXM Radio. You can find him on Twitter and on his website.