The Ncaa Out Of Control Essay Research
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The Ncaa: Out Of Control Essay, Research Paper The NCAA: Out of Control Darnell Autry was a member of the Northwestern University Wildcats football team. He was a dedicated student and an All American running back. He was also a theatre major. So when he was offered a small part in a motion picture he quickly accepted. It was a non-paying role and he paid for his own plane ticket to Rome, where the movie was being filmed. However the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the governing body of college athletics, told Autry that he would be violating NCAA Article 5, section 3, subsection 2. That rule states ” Footage of an individual performance of a student athlete may not be used in a commercial motion picture unless his or her eligibility has been exhausted.” (NCAA Bylaws 324) So Autry had to decline what could have been the start of a film career because he would be suspended from NCAA competition. (Fitzpatrick 15) If the movie had been a TV movie he would not have been in violation of the rules. Autry could not appear in the motion picture because it is a product which is meant to be sold. Yet the NCAA has no qualms about making money off Autry and the thousands of other athletes in the form of TV revenues and licensing rights. This is part of what is wrong with the NCAA. It is an antiquated and corrupt organization that is unchecked by any higher power and it is one that needs to be reformed. The Autry case is just one of many pointless rules that the NCAA tries to enforce. In 1994 they tried to ban all the sportwriters whose papers run betting lines from the Final Four ( the championship of college basketball). The only reason they did not was because almost every major newspaper in the country runs them. (Lacey 16) If they had no media coverage they would lose advertising revenues. It also seems to think that office pools don’t count as gambling. The NCAA sponsored a special office pool section in last years Sports Illustrated preview of the NCAA tournament. Up until this year an athlete under scholarship at a NCAA school could not hold a job during the season. The penalty for having a job was suspension for as many games as the NCAA saw fit. If too many athletes had jobs the team was subject to probation. This rule was meant to discourage boosters from giving easy high paying jobs to athletes. In January of this year the NCAA amended the rule to allow the athletes to cover the difference between their scholarship and the cost of tuition. This still allows almost no room for any kind of spending money. How can you blame an athlete, who goes to school, practices after that, and has no time for work, for accepting some money or gifts from an agent or a booster? How can the NCAA justify depriving a college athlete from making some cash when so much money is made off of them. The Kansas City Star recently reported that over 25 college football taeams are worth more than $10 million and more than 20 basketball teams are worth more than $3 million. Three college football teams, the Michigan Wolverines, the North Dame Fighting Irish, and Florida Gators are worth more than the N.F.L.’s Detroit Lions. All sports generate almost $2 billion in revenue just for Division I member schools. (Dillon 45) Speaking of the NCAA making a profit, many people don’t know that it is supposed to be a non-profit organization. Being a non-profit organization they are not taxed. CBS has a TV deal with the NCAA to televise the NCAA College Basketball Tournament. This deal pays the non-profit NCAA $1.7 BILLION dollars. None of this is taxed. They also have several college football TV deals worth an estimated $700 million. This does not include a clothing line which brings in another $200 million. The NCAA’s expenses which include administrative fees and the constant supervision of member schools add up to about $1.1 billion. This leaves a surplus profit of over $1.5 billion.