NCAA goes back to court, defending its amateurism rules

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To me, the legal answer is that collegiate sports are not businesses and not subject to anti trust laws.

I personally would rather see all colleges drop sports if the courts rule it is a business. I would think Congress would pass a Federal Law if the courts ruled in favor of paying what the market demands for athletes. It would not take long for kids to decide they need an education more than pocket change.

The NCAA is a cartel. Parts I don’t mind and other parts I don’t like. If a player wants to transfer and immediately play, he or she should be allowed to since coaches, employees are allowed to as well as other scholarship students if they can get another scholarship.

Not businesses. Your favorite “not business” generated $132 million in total revenue in 2016-17. That’s one heckuva large non-business. Which, by the way, is not allowed to pay the people who generate that income. We didn’t build that new area of the stadium because people want to watch Chad Morris or Bret Bielema coach. It’s there because of those unpaid players.

Can someone please explain to me why it’s such a big deal if athletes are allowed to receive pocket change for their talents? The Olympics finally gave up on that outmoded notion of amateurism. Did you stop watching the Olympics?

My sense is that the NCAA has no chance of winning this case; “student-athlete” has been a convenient fiction for more than 60 years. Are schools going to drop sports as a result? I seriously doubt it.