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.