NCAA sports integrity Essay

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NCAA sports integrity

NCAA sports integrity
In the area of collegiate sports, there have been numerous heated debates about the
integrity of many things concerning the NCAA and how it handles legal and ethical issues.
In this paper I will not do a standard report by simply regurgitating the information I
read. Instead I will try my best to give you my opinion of the issues previously
mentioned, and finally what the authors feel should be done to remedy this dilemma as well
as my own opinion on the matter, but first I will discuss the issues involved in athletic
scholarships.

Instrumental constraint is basically the control, or constraint of material rewards and
resources, or in this case room and board or extra spending money for athletes receiving
scholarships based on their athletic performance. The whole point of athletic scholarships
are to free the already over taxed athlete from worrying about getting a full time job in
order to pay for classes, spending money, and room and board, on top of the full time job
of school, and sports. But the dilemma is not in the money or in the scholarship itself;
instead it lies in the eligibility and ethics of the issues. Take for instance Joe Schmoe,
a well-rounded basketball player for the University of Anywhere. Last summer, after

graduating from high school, Joe receives a letter from U of A offering him a full ride
basketball scholarship starting this fall. Joe, excited as ever and not thinking of the
fine print, agrees and leaves that September to attend the University. During that years'
regular season, Joe receives a resounding blow to his elbow and upper arm from a slip and
fall accident on his way to class. The doctors tell Joe that he will not be able to play
basketball ever again. Devastated, Joe returns to his dorm room and finds a letter from
the university, informing him that he no longer has his full ride scholarship and must
begin paying for his own room and board. Not able to pay for the $15,000 a year to attend
the University, and his parents also unable to pay, Joe drops out of school and becomes a
gas station attendant. Now the same thing would happen if Joe simply decided to no longer
play for U. of A. in order to concentrate on his studies. Where's the problem in this?
Well, according to the NCAA's rules, no athlete may be a professional and receive payment
while in college and playing college sports. But doesn't that sound like employment to
you? Wasn't Joe just fired from his job of Basketball? Wasn't that athletic scholarship
his salary? Now I'll discuss the issue of professionalism in sports.

The main problem with professionalism in college sport is that what began as amateurs'
competing for the pure fun and pleasure of it, with a little bit of school rivalry, has
turned into a multi-million dollar business. No longer is the focus on higher education,
the focus is now on whether or

not the NCAA can make 200 million dollars with ESPN or 250 million with NBC in contracting
out the television rights. Back in 1952, the University of Pennsylvania's football team
generated over $500,000 in revenues for its university. Did you know that none of the
revenues that colleges make off this contract are taxable? Oh no, if the proceeds go
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