NCAA’s Highway Robbery
The NCAA takes in billions of dollars of revenue every year — yes, billions with a b. However, the NCAA refuses to compensate — or allow the compensation of — the athletes responsible for generating those billions of dollars.
The monetary compensation of student-athletes equals student-athlete suspension.
Because the NCAA is Hanging On by a Thread Financially? NOOOO.
The Pac-12 alone — the third highest money generating conference — made 2.7 billion dollars in 2012… on just two of its television contracts (1). That doesn’t count the Pac-12’s sale of merchandise, its ticket revenue, its booster donations nor the Pac-12’s deals with other media outlets.
And of those billions of dollars going around, athletes can be suspended indefinitely for taking $1. If a student-athlete takes $1 from anyone aside from their own family, they risk having their tuition, books, and room-and-board taken away permanently.
How The NCAA Justifies Itself
The NCAA pockets all the money these athletes generate by claiming that there is an inherent evil in the notion of paying ”amateur athletes” — yes, an industry that generates tens of billions of dollars calls itself ”amateur.”
The NCAA adheres to the premise that there some type of intrinsic value in preventing athletes from making a living off of their blood, sweat and tears; that college athletes will somehow become soiled if their work earns them a buck.
The NCAA refuses to recognize its hypocrisy and that is why there are 4 principal reasons the NCAA needs to be removed from college sports:
1) No Consistency
The NCAA has no problem suspending players for accepting money or gifts in exchange for their autograph… unless it will effect the NCAA’s bottom line, their television revenues. The NCAA has ended countless college careers for rules violations. They have ended college careers for simple things like accepting a haircut in exchange for a jersey.
But, if a suspension will affect their television ratings, they wouldn’t think of holding the athlete’s feet to the fire. Case in point, the 1/2 of one game suspension of Johnny ”Football” Manziel.
After signing hundreds of footballs — presumably for profit — the NCAA decided 1/2 of one game was fair punishment: for one half of one prime-time game that the NCAA made millions off. They didn’t suspend Manziel because the NCAA knew viewers would tune out if Johnny Football wasn’t playing.
However, when Dez Bryant accepted breakfast from Deion Sanders, he was suspended for an entire season!
There isn’t even any consistency in the NCAA’s hypocrisy!
2) No Player Protection
Student athletes are expected to attend class, live on a basic meal plan, workout and play for free without accepting even the slightest amount of financial support from anyone outside their family.
However, if the player is injured and can no longer perform, the athlete loses their scholarship. That often means the ex-athlete can no longer afford tuition, books, room-and-board… and must drop out of school.
As they are considered ”amateur athlete” rather than employees, injured players can not apply for workers compensation, no unemployment, no means of paying for the education they were ”promised” in exchange for their hard work.
Anywhere else in America, if a person in injured on the job, they aren’t just left out in the cold, only in the world of the NCAA.
3) NCAA Controls Universities
With the kind of money that the NCAA generates for schools, the NCAA can determine school policy. Few universities generate the kind of money that can compete with that of the NCAA. As a result, schools are forced to bend over backwards to appease the NCAA or they risk losing out on a huge source of revenue.
As a result, most university administrators are at the beck and call of the NCAA and fall prey to the whims and demands of NCAA’s pundits.
The ”amateur” NCAA fails to recognize the power shift created by allowing universities to pay coaches millions of dollars. In and of itself that may not seem unreasonable, but it is if you consider the fact that college coaches often earn ten to twenty times the amount university presidents earn, the notion becomes preposterous.
4) NCAA’s Policies Inherently Feel Unconstitutional, Un-American
No other industry in America can prevent adults from pursuing a career based on their age. However, the NCAA and pro-sports force athletes to stay in school — to generate money for the NCAA — for years after they become adults.
It could be argued, the NCAA is a slave trade. People are forced to live under conditions equal to those of serfs and a punished for no abiding by the NCAA’s profiteering rules.
No, the NCAA has got to go.