The Ncaa and Student Athlete Issues

1980 Words Jun 20th, 2008 8 Pages
Today, sports are no longer just fun and games, sports are now a business, and college sports are no different. College sports provide a huge source of universities’ income. The school takes in money from ticket sales, television contracts, and sport-related merchandise, just to name a few. With these sources of great revenue, comes the feeling of a “professionalization” of college athletics and in turn college athletes. The line between college athletes as Student-Athletes and college athletes as Athlete-Students has continued to blur, causing some major issues to arise with regards to athletics and academics. Some of the most primary issues currently affecting NCAA athletes are: academic support, the NBA age rule, eligibility and …show more content…
Academics and the NBA Age Rule
The recent O.J. Mayo situation has introduced a variable that until this point undoubtedly existed but had yet to be defined: the possibility of student-athletes making the effort during first semester to ensure that they are eligible for second semester, but then after deciding to declare for the NBA, not attending classes second semester. Therefore they are only representing the athlete requirement of the designation Student-Athlete. An O.J. Mayo, Michael Beasley, or Derrick Rose may know when entering college that they are “one and done” players. They may say all the right things about going through the process and considering a return to their schools – but for the most part they are only enrolled in school because the NBA requires them to be. It is at this point that a dangerous situation can develop – one where a player is a student-athlete first semester, in order to maintain their eligibility, and simply an athlete after Christmas. The second half of their freshman year is the athletic equivalent of a presidential lame duck. The way the eligibility requirements are currently structured, students can easily blow off class and never suffer the consequences, while their schools are left with a lower APR score because their superstar left in less than stellar academic standing. Certainly not all athletes can be lumped into the same category, but there is no denying the opportunity is
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