A California law that was passed In September banning schools in the state from keeping student athletes from accepting advertising deals or hiring agents seems to be a direct affront to the NCAA. However, paying college athletes has always been a complicated issue ever since the first Roosevelt administration. In this post, we are going to examine some of the things you need to know about the NCAA. Read on and find out more.
What is the NCAA?
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the administrative authority on college sports. They are tasked with the main responsibility of setting eligibility criteria for students athletes while at the same time maintaining official rules of play. If this is not enough, they also regulate recruitment while at the same time awarding championships. To cut the long story short, the NCAA is a tax-exempt body that is quite similar to the NBA. However, athletes do not have a union that negotiates on their behalf since college sports are ostensibly extracurricular activities.
The NCAA considers any payment made to college athletes ‘professional” and would make the athlete ineligible for competing in college athletics. However, you still have to go through before joining the likes of Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers basketball teams in order to reap the benefits enjoyed by professional players. As amateurs, college athletes like DeAnthony Owens are able to receive scholarships for their time and effort together with expense allowance for things such as travel, health care, equipment to mention a few. Many think compensating athletes not only ruins the sport’s purity but also affects equality on campus.
Despite this, many will argue that college students have the right to make money on their name, image and likeness to profit from what they are spending enormous amounts of time doing in college. Actually, it does not appear that this is going to make sports unequal.
The Bottom Line
For now college athletes have to adopt with the situation until they are able to sign professional contracts with teams such as Golden State Warriors. The good news is that the NCAA has already given its three divisions until January 2021 to come up with new rules covering the compensation of athletes for their name, image and likeness. Until then, college students have to make do with what they have at their disposal in terms of profits.