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Thanks, Nick Bonsanto, our 1st “fan base” guest post: Will legality of NCAA be tested next?


Posted On: October 1, 2013 | By Linda Kenney Baden

SCM thanks our friend, Nick Bonsanto for donating his time to write this great article for our “Fan Base.” If you would like to share an article with us, please email your piece to contact@sportscourtmedia. We will not post your article without your permission.


 

Will legality of NCAA be tested next?

By NICK BONSANTO
Host of The Nick Bonsanto Show – Sports Byline USA Network  
@nickbonsantosho
NickBonsantoShow.com
 

It is interesting for me to watch what appears to be the certain demise of the NCAA as we know it. The most intriguing part of this process is not that the NCAA (which I think stands for No Clue At All…my opinion) will change because it is the right thing to do but because the legal walls are closing in on them.

It is interesting for me to watch what appears to be the certain demise of the NCAA as we know it. The most intriguing part of this process is not that the NCAA (which I think stands for No Clue At All…my opinion) will change because it is the right thing to do but because the legal walls are closing in on them.

Most of us grew up feeling that college athletics were the last pure bastion for amateur athletics. We felt that the players were there for the love of the game and they were. The issue that has come up since those idealistic days is that it became not about the student athletes to the NCAA but rather the largest deal they could make at the expense of the athletes.

It was almost two years ago that a very brave former college athlete, Ed O’Bannon decided to file suit against the NCAA and EA Sports for profiting from his and other former athletes likeness in their games. The suit claimed that the NCAA and EA Sports were taking advantage of athletes for years, profiting long after their playing days were done. Well, it appears that they knew they were wrong all along and knew they would loose in court. This triggered the NCAA to get out of the video game business and for EA Sports to settle with the plaintiffs for a reported $40 million.

Here’s the thing, yes the NCAA and its member institutions provide scholarships to its athletes just as they do for those that excel in the sciences, music or other areas of study. What I see morally and legally,  is that athletes are not allowed to profit for what they receive a scholarship for however if a science major discovers something while on scholarship he is given congratulations and can profit as can a music major who may write a top of the chart hit. Only the athletes governed by the NCAA are subject to rules that would make a communist country smile. They can play and the NCAA can profit but if they profit in any way they are ostracized and sent packing.

From where this radio show host sits, we need the next Ed O’Bannon to take on the legality of the NCAA and it’s monopoly on the earning power of its member athletes to the courts. While I long for the days of the purity of sports, we have long past that time in our society and what is right is right and the NCAA is wrong and I would love to see what the courts have to say on this matter.

Who has the strength to step up to the plate and take the lead? It’s time to do what is right and I think the courts will say the NCAA is legally wrong under its current structure. I think legally we can prove the NCAA has NO CLUE AT ALL.


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