NCAA Amateurism Continues

WHAT IT IS

  • Amateurism is a policy governing NCAA college sports to ensure a clear distinction between college sports and professional sports.
  • Amateurism exists to prevent the exploitation of nearly half a million student-athletes annually.
  • NCAA March Madness Tournament is part of a long-standing debate on amateurism; Should student-athletes be contractually paid for their talents on display?

WHY IT MATTERS

The NCAA and school athletic departments make millions of dollars in revenue from school sponsored athletics. Student-athletes argue they should be able to profit off their value, just like any college student.

  • THE PLAYERS – “Let us Unionize”

  • THE NCAA – “The Value of Education”

    • Settlement: The NCAA reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit, awarding student-athletes more money toward the full cost of attending a university. This enables the NCAA to stand by its definition of amateurism while also assisting those they govern.
    • Free School: These students get a free education in return for their play, which gives them a connection to the academics of their universities

     

WHERE WE ARE NOW

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

  • Are amateurism arguments being made on behalf of these few elite athletes or on behalf of the many more who “go pro” in other fields?
  • Where does this put the significant majority of college athletes, who play sports without major professional leagues and are the NCAA’s model of student-athlete amateurism?