Ncaa Monopoly

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Edgar Galvan
NCAA as a Monopoly
After over a century of existence, the National Collegiate Athletic Association stands today as a multi-million dollar organization, one of the largest and most successful organizations in the nation. The NCAA is in charge of overlooking every college athletic competition in the United States. Every year millions of fans watch NCAA organized games and follow the top prospects of every sport. However, all schools and players involved with the NCAA are obligated to follow a strict set of rules to be eligible to compete at the college level.
The NCAA holds college athletes specifically to a very strict set of rules. Under the NCAA all athletes are considered amateurs. The term amateur is used to describe a
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Although students enjoy playing their own specific sports, they are doing it with millions of people following their path and they are generating millions of dollars to the NCAA, they just are not allowed to have any of it. Therefore, they can not be considered amateurs. In fact, these students really are not even in college to get an education. In her blog Confessions of a Whistleblower, Mary Willingham an academic advisor from the University of North Carolina, revealed that the athletes in the most successful college teams are given paper classes to replace real classes. These paper classes are classes that do not require students to attend class. Their only assignment is to turn in a paper at the end of a semester and are 100 percent of the time graded A or B. A method used to keep students eligible. Also, according to Ross Finkel and Martin Trevor in their documentary Schooled: The Price of College Sports, players have one year contracts with the schools based only on athletics. This means that even if a student-athlete had straight A’s, they could lose their scholarship if they were no longer competing on the field. Their education would be over. Finally, there is transfer rules that restrict athletes from transferring from one four year University to another and play their first year(“Division 1 Initial- Eligibility ToolKit.”). This rule makes it hard for athletes to transfer from
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