I love NCAA sports.

I do NOT love the NCAA.

I think the draconian rules curtailing what athletes can earn from their own talent & hard work is complete BULLSHIT!

I have listened to &heard arguments about amateurism & the value of a free education etc..but I am NOT persuaded
In what way does it make sense that Simone Biles can’t be a college gymnast because she made money after the Olympics?

This entire concept evolved from a time when amateurism was “gentlemanly,” and only the poor made money off of sport.

As I’m sure you can guess, that worked
out great for rich kids. Not so much for those who had to earn to support their families.

Nowadays, it’s a way of making sure that the athlete is loyal to the monetary interests of the institution, rather than developing revenue elsewhere from his/her talent.

If you got a full
ride to MIT because you were super smart, and you made a cool app in your dorm room that took off and made you a billion dollars, would you all of a sudden lose your scholarship? NO!

So why the HELL would you lose your scholarship AND a the ability to compete because you signed
a jersey with YOUR number or because you made money as a spokesperson for a sports drink.

It’s STUPID, class-based manipulation that inures ONLY to the benefit of the NCAA member institutions.

I think it’s unlawful restraint of trade, and just incredibly cruel BS!

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The providers then won’t let customers opt out of FN because it’s in a “bundle.”

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