The Current Position Of Intercollegiate Athletics

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Executive Summary The current position of intercollegiate athletics in the United States is a peculiar one when compared to most any other country in the world. In no other nation will one find varsity intercollegiate athletics programs that pay their athletes to attend the school. Therefore, in no other country will one find quite as much debate as to whether or not these athletics programs should continue to be affiliated with the colleges and universities they represent, particularly if the primary objective of colleges and universities is to educate their students (Beyer, 2000). Moreover, the role of amateurism and whether or not student-athletes should be paid is a controversial issue among college sport fans and scholars in the…show more content…
The outcome of the case provided certain key overviews with the relationship between student-athletes and universities. First, student-athletes have no contract to hire and grant-aid does not make individuals employees of a university (Rafferty, 1983). In addition, student-athletes are prohibited from accepting pay for sports, and financial aid is not pay or income so players are not entitled to worker’s compensations (Rafferty, 1983). Since the formation of the NCAA, student athletes have never been considered employees. The NCAA has developed ways to make money off student-athletes and not pay them. For instance, Walter Byers the first executive director of the NCAA, stated “the NCAA reserves the right to make money off the names, likeness, and images of athletes, preventing others from doing so” (Comeaux, 2015, p. 290). This can be highlighted in the NCAA concept of “amateurism.” Amateurism provides rules to ensure that student-athletes’ priority is education (NCAA, 2015). Furthermore, “student-athletes are amateurs, and they will be protected from exploitation by professional and commercial enterprises” (NCAA, 2015, para. 4). The implication of “amateurism” benefits the NCAA, while it exploits student-athletes. Exploitation can be seen when the NCAA makes revenue off players’ images, and the players have no rights or control over their images (Kahn, 2007). When
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