Marq Burnett: Past time for NCAA to rethink its outdated rules
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
Sep 26, 2013 | 1321 views |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Am I the only one tired of the “scandal stories?”

Unless it involves serious academic fraud, these stories are old news, and the real issue often is overlooked.

The NCAA uses players and makes billions of dollars of their “likeness.” Everyone is allowed to make money off college athletes except college athletes.

The NCAA hides behind “amateurism” in order to keep from paying its players. The NCAA is a hypocritical organization designed to take a lot, but give little to the people it was created to help.

Don’t give me the “but they get a free scholarship” excuse. These players give their time and body in a way no other student on a “free” scholarship ever has to.

Half of these players are pushed through their college courses to help them remain eligible for the games. They’re told to apply for bogus degrees that will never help them once they’re done with college.

I’m not saying the NCAA should have to directly pay players, but I am saying the NCAA shouldn’t be allowed to profit off a player’s likeness if that player can’t do the same.

So, before you rush to judgement or shoot down the words in this piece, answer this question: How would you feel if everyone was making money off you except you?

Contact Anniston Star sports writer Marq Burnett at mburnett@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @marq_burnett
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