NCAA as a Monopoly
After over a century of existence, the National Collegiate Athletic Association stands today as a multi-million dollar organization, one of the largest and most successful organizations in the nation. The NCAA is in charge of overlooking every college athletic competition in the United States. Every year millions of fans watch NCAA organized games and follow the top prospects of every sport. However, all schools and players involved with the NCAA are obligated to follow a strict set of rules to be eligible to compete at the college level.
The NCAA holds college athletes specifically to a very strict set of rules. Under the NCAA all athletes are considered ...view middle of the document...
Although students enjoy playing their own specific sports, they are doing it with millions of people following their path and they are generating millions of dollars to the NCAA, they just are not allowed to have any of it. Therefore, they can not be considered amateurs. In fact, these students really are not even in college to get an education. In her blog Confessions of a Whistleblower, Mary Willingham an academic advisor from the University of North Carolina, revealed that the athletes in the most successful college teams are given paper classes to replace real classes. These paper classes are classes that do not require students to attend class. Their only assignment is to turn in a paper at the end of a semester and are 100 percent of the time graded A or B. A method used to keep students eligible. Also, according to Ross Finkel and Martin Trevor in their documentary Schooled: The Price of College Sports, players have one year contracts with the schools based only on athletics. This means that even if a student-athlete had straight A’s, they could lose their scholarship if they were no longer competing on the field. Their education would be over. Finally, there is transfer rules that restrict athletes from transferring from one four year University to another and play their first year(“Division 1 Initial- Eligibility ToolKit.”). This rule makes it hard for athletes to transfer from one school to another because they will lack the athletic scholarships that make getting an education possible for them. Therefore students are stuck at certain colleges even if they are not getting a proper education. In reality, college athletes are athletes before students and are competing at a level that can not be considered amateurism.
By labeling college athletes as student-athletes and amateurs, the NCAA has been able to unfairly control them. Today the NCAA has become a monopoly over collegiate athletes by not allowing them to get compensated, stealing the profits they would be able to make off the field, and making the NCAA the only path into the professional level.
By not allowing athletes to get compensated for the physical labor they provide each and every day, the NCAA is acting as a monopoly. The NCAA uses the student-athlete term to not allow players to get payed. To the NCAA the labor the athletes go through is considered part of an extracurricular activity that they choose to participate in and it is not supposed to correlate with their education. However,it affects their education in every way. When a player dedicates the amount of time that a big time college athlete does on their respective sport, they do not have the time to dedicate themselves into their education. In an interview, Jonathan Franklin, a former running back for UCLA, once stated, “We’re college students but we’re really working...and if you dont perform you’re getting fired.(Finkel)” Considering that any college contract can be revoked after any year, players do not have...