Allow free markets to release #college #athletes from bondage

It’s time to replace the amateur college athletics system with an entertainment business model. Allow colleges to establish a professional athletic club where the athletes are employees of the college. Contract with the employee-athlete for a maximum five years and pay them a salary.

If the athlete-employee wants to get a degree, they can get a discount on tuition, apply for student loans, scholarships, etc.

Of course this means some schools will probably drop a bunch of programs that are not deemed as money makers, such as golf, but so be it. Academic institutions need to focus on teaching and research. In addition, we will finally put to rest all these behavior-intrusion-based arguments that keep sports psychologists and liberal tree huggers employed; arguments such as :

1. Why are we not graduating college football players? My answer. Who gives a shit. Under the employee system, whether they get a degree or not will be the employee’s business decision.

2. Should athletes be paid? My answer. They now are. Under the employee system, the schools willing to pay the most for talent and labor will get the best players. The market will decide a teams strength.

3. What about the bowl system? My answer. Who gives a shit. It will be dismantled and replaced with a true play-off system, one that allows the consumer to enjoy more football while giving every school the chance to extend revenue making opportunities by playing extra games.

4. What about cheating scandals? My answer. Who cares? Those “As for Play” scenarios will go away because the employee-athlete doesn’t have to set foot in a classroom. He or she would no longer be tied to a hypocritical education system that makes an athlete act like a student.

5. What about Title 9 and women’s athletics? My answer? Clubs will have the option of distributing revenues to these programs but should not be under any obligation to do so. Why? Because they are no longer student athletic organizations. Track, golf, softball, etc., can always pursue corporate sponsorship just like car racing teams do while avoiding the rigorous government oversight.

The goal should be to maximize the freedom that individuals and entities should enjoy in a quasi free market system.  The current NCAA system doesn’t do that.  Instead, we want to regulate the lives of 18 year-olds because we believe we know what’s best for them.

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Allow free markets to release #college #athletes from bondage

  1. kenski2013 says:

    Or, Alton, we could just abolish college sports all together, and let actual private enterprise create the professional athletic clubs you mentioned. Why not let it be a profit making enterprise away from universities and colleges? The present system does nothing for education.

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