College Ball's in Trouble ⛹️
The FBI is breathing down the NCAA’s neck after news broke that some shady dealings were made by sports agents and coaches to recruit top athletes. Basically, coaches actively funneled money to prospective recruits and looked the other way when agents paid athletes in exchange for signing with them if they went pro. In one instance, University of Arizona head coach Sean Miller was caught on a wiretap discussing paying as much as $100,000 to attract star talent Deandre Ayton.
The law of the land
Under NCAA regulations, collegiate athletes are treated as “amateurs”, meaning they can’t accept payments of any kind or sponsorships from companies (school scholarships are allowed).
The way the dominoes fell
It started with the University of Louisville, but the corruption allegations have spread like wildfire and involve multiple Division 1 schools, coaches and athletes. They include basketball powerhouses: Duke, University of Kentucky, University of Kansas, University of North Carolina and the University of Arizona.
Yahoo Sports: Don't blame coaches, agents or players—blame the NCAA
Wall Street Journal: Secret Cash Isn’t an NCAA Scandal. Amateurism Is.
Boston Globe: FBI investigation has to bring change to college basketball
Pittsburgh Post- Gazette: Paul Zeise: FBI investigation is a good thing for college basketball's future
NCAA naysayers criticize what they see as the NCAA’s flawed and long held policy of classifying its athletes as “amateurs”. They think that it’s wrong that everyone but the athletes themselves are able to profit in the multibillion dollar industry that is college sports. They claim that the economic value athletes bring to the school and surrounding community merits compensating them.
NCAA supporters are saying that this FBI investigation will clean up the NCAA’s act and force people to actually abide by the NCAA’s rules. They also claim that paying the athletes won’t do anything to stop agents or shady individuals from being involved with the athletes. As they point out, college athletes already receive plenty more money than the average student in the form of scholarships.
What’s next for the NCAA?
These events represent a wave of outcry against the NCAA’s “amateur” rule that has only been growing stronger. There are even calls for the NBA to abolish the one-and-done rule, which requires athletes to play at least a full year of college ball before declaring for the NBA draft. If this occurs, it might deal a huge hit to the NCAA’s business. For now, it will be interesting to see what steps the NCAA will take to punish those who have been tangled in this web.
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