For my white paper, I will analyze the controversy regarding NCAA Division 1 athlete exploitation. The athletes at many Division 1 programs are the main reason for the extreme amounts of revenue generated, and they receive no direct compensation for their work. Many people think that the revenue numbers are way too large for these athletes not to benefit from their contributions, but at the same time, there are many people that believe that athletes are at these schools primarily for the academics, not to be an employee of the school. Due to the fact that I am still in the early stages of my research, I have not yet chosen a side of the argument, so I will analyze both sides.
For my second proposal, I will look at what the NCAA has to say about eligibility. Stated clearly on their main website, the NCAA makes it clear that amateur competition is the key principle of college athletics. The NCAA believes strongly that their athletes must be considered amateurs because they feel that student’s priorities need to remain on obtaining a quality educational experience. The NCAA put together strict guidelines to ensure that student-athletes remained amateurs. As stated on their website, In general amateurism requirements do not allow:
- Contracts with professional teams
- Salary for participating in athletics
- Prize money above actual and necessary expenses
- Play with professionals
- Tryouts, practice or competition with a professional team
- Benefits from an agent or prospective agent
- Agreement to be represented by an agent
- Delayed initial full-time collegiate enrollment to participate in organized sports competition
Student-athletes will often be bribed by certain schools to attend their school and play for their athletic teams. Also, when star student athletes are enrolled in universities and playing for their athletic teams, various professional organizations and sports agents will attempt to contact them to discuss their plans after college. The NCAA installed the rules above to prohibit such bribes and relationships. In my white paper, I will analyze the NCAA’s regulations and how they are treated by various universities and student-athletes across the country.