The Legality, Morality, & Social Responsibility of Paying College Athletes

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Nova Southeastern University
H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship |Assignment for Course: | MGT 5015 |
|Submitted to: | Frank Cavico |
|Submitted by: |Judy L. Moore |
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Date of Submission: 12/021/2012
Title of Assignment: Term Paper – “Integrating Values – The Legality, Morality, and Social Responsibility of Paying College Athletes”

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There is blatant, inarguable proof that the players and their talents are being exploited. These athletes are the draw to the games. They are the reason people watch and cheer on their teams. The amount of money given as a “full” scholarship is a marginal benefit only a drop in the bucket when compared to the market value of a player’s talent and skills. Athletic scholarships, as will be explained later, is indeed financial assistance but still leaves the student athlete living below, or at best slightly above, the poverty line. The NCAA and the respective universities has a duty to be concerned with the overall well-being of its players, not just whether or not an injury would keep their star player from playing in the upcoming game. The NCAA ought to consider the social responsibility of meeting the needs of its players, subsequently initiating a reformation of the NCAA bylaws concerning paying college athletes.

The legal section of the paper will discuss the NCAA bylaws that prohibit college athletes from receiving benefits above and beyond what is indicated as part of the scholarship agreement. It also entails of the consequences if such bylaws are violated. In addition, the definition and purpose of the National Letter of Intent (NLI) will be discussed. Since the selling of rights is what brings in the most revenue
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