The stiff rules from the NCAA on college athletes ability to accept money and favors while they played for colleges that reaped MILLIONS of dollars from their service are beginning to go away….
There is movement out there to let colleges make the rules on their athletes conduct off the field….
There has been age old discussion of money making of those ‘students’ verses that money making of their schools….
Under prodding and threats from the nation’s Congress and possible legal fights, the NCAA has loosen it’s strings….
Leaders of the multibillion-dollar college sports industry, under increasing legal scrutiny over the rights of student-athletes, have begun rolling back some of the most contentious policies regarding amateurism.
Indiana University announced a bill of rights for athletes last month, promising free tuition for life rather than the customary one-year scholarship guarantee. Southern California said it would guarantee four-year scholarships. University presidents in the Big Ten and Pacific-12 Conferences wrote public letters advocating guaranteed four-year scholarships, improved medical coverage and more financial support for athletes.
In the most significant move yet, the N.C.A.A. decided last week not to ask athletes to sign a statement authorizing the N.C.A.A. and other groups to use their names and likenesses for promotional purposes. The change ended a much-criticized practice that pressured athletes to give the N.C.A.A. permission to profit from their popularity with no compensation.
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“It would be silly to suggest this isn’t a product of the overall environment of people looking more closely at the benefits for student-athletes,” said Fred Glass, Indiana’s athletic director.
These shifts are happening at a time of growing unrest in college sports over what critics say is exploitation of athletes. Several lawsuits are challenging the collegiate model, and some athletes have moved to unionize.
The changes may leave athletes better protected and more empowered — and the universities less vulnerable to future lawsuits — no matter how the courts rule on the lawsuits regarding the status of student-athletes.
“There are smart people running college sports, and they know the old arguments about education, welfare, future do not hold water anymore,”