For the longest time the NCAA has used the veil of amateurism as a way to act monopolistically and take advantage of student-athletes. They successfully stifled financial competition in college sports (Barro) and have handed out hefty paychecks to just about everyone in the industry except for the actual laborers themselves. However, as collegiate sports have developed into a billion dollar industry, former and current players (specifically FBS football and Division 1 basketball players) have begun to speak up and challenge the restrictions imposed by the NCAA. Recently, 22 former and current collegiate athletes, headed by former UCLA basketball star, Edward O’Bannon, brought a class action lawsuit against the NCAA to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. My policy paper discusses this case, its ramifications and the reasons why it was necessary. Ultimately, I offer recommendations to the NCAA as to how they should approach the groundbreaking changes set to take place in the near future.
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Business Resource Proposal
This short article was published on the NCAA website just two days after the official court ruling in the O’Bannon v. NCAA antitrust class action lawsuit. The article discusses the NCAA’s plans to appeal the ruling, as they feel they have not violated any antitrust laws. The article mentions the fact that the NCAA agrees with the fact that athletic scholarships still leave the athletes with expenses, as the cost of attendance is greater than what is covered and allowed by these scholarships. They have claimed that “the Division 1 Board of Directors passed a new governance model allowing schools to better support student-athletes, including covering the full cost of attendance, one of the central components of the injunction” (NCAA). Continue reading NCAA Responds to Court Ruling
Society Resource Proposal
This study, conducted by Ramogi Huma, the President of the National College Players Association and Ellen Staurowsky, Ed.D., a professor of Sports Management at Drexel University
“documents the shortfall that exists between what a ‘full’ scholarship covers and what the full cost of attending college is compared to the federal poverty guideline, an estimation of players’ fair market value, and offers perspective on the disproportional levels of compensation to which college sport officials have access compared to the limits imposed on revenue-generating athletes who serve as the talent and inspire the financial investment in the product of college sport.” (3) Continue reading The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sports