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NCAA gets what it deserves

That’s the title of a column by Andrew Cline, editorial page editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader and a Carolina Journal alum, in USA Today on new challenges to the NCAA refusing to pay “student-athletes.”. A highlight:

These legal challenges did not arise suddenly. They grew from years of frustration among athletes subjected to absurdly restrictive contracts. As the NCAA grew wealthier showcasing the talents of its “amateur” athletes, its definition of “amateur” tightened. Under the guise of safeguarding its “student-athletes,” it made certain that virtually any financial gain from an athlete’s abilities, likeness or name would go to the NCAA.

This dedication to amateurism is supposed to ensure that athletes compete purely for “the love of the game” rather than for profit. Profit, you see, is bad — except when the NCAA, its member institutions and its coaches enjoy it.

You can read the rest of Drew’s excellent piece here.

2 Responses to “NCAA gets what it deserves”

  • Apr

    >> any financial gain from an athlete’s abilities, likeness or name…

    …is known as a “full-ride scholarship”.

    Send Jabari Parker a $20,000 tax bill for his $60,000 Duke scholly.

  • Apr

    After the Soviet Union fell, I remember hearing a Russian factory worker comment on the dysfunction of his country’s economy: “We pretended to work and they pretended to pay us.”

    Big-time college sports, while not as evil, is approaching that level of farce.

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