A.J. Green of the University of Georgia had to sit out four games at the beginning of the 2010 season because he sold one of his jerseys to a man from Atlanta who has ties to a sports agent. Marcell Dareus of the University of Alabama was forced to sit out the first two games of the 2010 season after he attended a party in Miami Beach in May, 2010 and apparently had some expenses paid, at least indirectly, by an agent. The Ohio State University team had a total of six players ordered to miss games at the beginning of the 2011 season as punishment for selling memorabilia and for accepting impermissible benefits.
This spotlight from the college football season just ended has reignited the debate over whether college “student athletes” should be paid for their athletic service to their schools. Reasonable arguments can be found on both sides of this debate. A 2009 study (link provided below) found that the benefits a college athlete receives from a full athletic scholarship come up $38,000 short of covering all reasonable expenses he or she will incur over a four year college career (and this, in some cases, turns out to be short one year from the five years many athletes are now enrolled).
While current NCAA president Mark Emmert is firm in his defense of the current system, many people are calling for some kind of change. Readers here can click on any of the links found below and find facts and opinions supporting the current system and other positions calling for drastic changes.
Greg Tyler, MPA, JD, MLIS
Mr. Tyler is the Director of the Library/Archivist at the United States Sports Academy. He is also a former practicing attorney.