Providing just compensation to student-athletes — who, aside from their scholarships and a few nominal stipends, are locked out of the revenue created by the $13 billion college athletics industry — constitutes important rationale for laws challenging the NCAA’s amateurism system. However, it’s clear that the competitive atmosphere of college sports is also playing a role in the ongoing political intervention into NCAA amateurism. Since the California State Legislature took the reins of the college amateurism debate last September, enacting a bill that would allow California student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness starting in 2023, political intervention has emerged as a key tool to pressure NCAA reform. Obviously, the California state legislature’s willingness to tackle the issue of NCAA amateurism would not benefit USC in relation to rivals UCLA, Cal and Stanford, which are also located in California. But an advantage over programs in other states would give USC (along with the other California schools) a competitive boost at a time when they are struggling to maintain national relevance in football and men’s basketball, the two sports that would be affected most by updated amateurism rules due to their huge revenue-producing capacity. Last year, the California law presented the NCAA with two unappealing options: punish the California NCAA schools for non-compliance with its amateurism rules when the law goes into effect in 2023 or risk giving the California schools a competitive advantage by allowing their student-athletes to profit from name, image and likeness while student-athletes at schools in other states cannot. In the end, the NCAA caved, promising to reconsider its amateurism rules altogether to comply with the California law. Now, other states are considering laws that would, in turn, give their own in-state NCAA programs a competitive advantage and possibly pressure the NCAA into further reform. Also, from a competitive standpoint, USC Athletics is poised to benefit from further changes to the NCAA’s amateurism model. California’s passage of the name, image and likeness law demonstrates its status as a state at the forefront of new, innovative legal thinking and hints that it will continue to mount the most aggressive challenges to amateurism, regardless of whether they comply with NCAA rules. This will benefit USC and other California universities, allowing them to offer student-athletes the most generous compensation. The NCAA’s submission to the will of the California State Legislature seems likely to usher in a period of upheaval for the NCAA’s amateurism model, which should be welcomed by college sports fans. After years of rejecting pleas to fairly compensate student-athletes, the NCAA clearly will not reform on its own accord. While some proposed state laws relating to student-athletes’ rights to compensation are not ideal, coercive action by state lawmakers is a necessary means of dismantling the unsustainable status quo in college sports. 2020 will likely prove to be a pivotal year for the future of the NCAA, with over two dozen state legislatures currently deliberating similar laws. Some of the proposals being debated, including a bill under consideration in New York that would allocate a share of ticket revenue as payment for student-athletes, would go even further than the law California passed. Jake Mequet is a junior writing about sports and law. His column, “Court in Session,” runs every other Monday.
LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRE NOTES 23rd March 2012Set Dancing Classes The class caters for both experienced dancers and beginners and you can join in at any stage. It is not necessary to have a partner, but couples may of course dance together if they wish. Set dancing has become very popular in recent years – it’s great fun, good exercise and a great way to meet people. Starting Tuesday 27th March 11.15am-1.15pm at Letterkenny Community Centre. Cost €5 per person. Contact Reception for bookings 074 91 22761Donegal Irish Dance Works Keep fit class for adults 18+yrs. Classes are based round traditional Irish Dance steps and the aim is to learn, to have fun and to keep fit. Starting Thursday 15th March 6.30-8.00pm Contact: Barry John Gallagher 086 1576563 JUNIOR SOCCER EASTER CAMP at Letterkenny Community Centre for boys & girls aged 7-12 years Monday 2nd – Thursday 5th April 10.00am – 2.00pm Cost €40 per person Bring packed lunch & drinks Football boots may be required (weather permitting) Booking Information – 074 91 22761LIVEWIRE EASTER CAMP at Letterkenny Community Centre for boys & girls aged 6-12 years Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th April 10.00am – 5.00pm Cost €65 per person Activities include; Ards Forest Park (weather permitting) swimming, bungee trampolines, traverse wall, obstacle course, dodgeball, soccer, uni-hoc and much more….. Contact Reception for bookings 074 91 22761Bounce & Tone New Class Times starting Wednesday 21st March; Mondays 5.30-6.30pm, Wednesdays 5.30-6.30pm & Fridays 10.00-11.00am LOCAL NEWS: LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRE NOTES was last modified: March 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LOCAL NEWS: LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRE NOTES
Story Links SIU Game Notes Drake Game Notes Missouri State rallied for an 85-79 win Feb. 1 in the first meeting of the longtime rivals this year. The Lady Bears snapped the Bulldogs’ league-record of 47-consecutive wins in MVC action. Missouri State’s comeback win put the all-time series to 43-42 in Drake’s favor. The series that started in 1983 is the closest for either program in league action. Sunday’s game will be senior day for the Lady Bears’ lone senior Danielle Gitzen who averages a team-leading 12.4 points and 3.2 assists per game. SIU Live Stats Missouri State Live Stats Missouri State ESPN+ CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team has its final two away games of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season. Drake (21-5, 13-1 MVC) begins the trip Friday at SIU (13-12, 6-8 MVC) at 6 p.m. before it visits Missouri State (17-8, 13-1 MVC) Sunday at 2 p.m. Both games will be on ESPN+. SIU ESPN+ The Bulldogs defeated the Salukis 94-66 at the Knapp Center earlier this season for the 60th win in the all-time series that started in 1979. SIU’s tandem of Nicole Martin and Mackenzie Silvey rank No. 6 and No. 7 in scoring at 14.6 and 14.5 points per game. SIU has won three out of its past four games with its lone defeat a two-point loss to Illinois State Feb. 17. Drake is coming off a 2-0 homestand with blowout wins over Evansville and Indiana State. The Bulldogs limited the Purple Aces to just three third-quarter points (program record for an opponent in a quarter) and just 13 after halftime as they scored just 39 points. It is the lowest points total by an opponent this season. Against the Sycamores, Drake scored its most points against an MVC opponent this season with 96. Four Bulldogs, led by Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) poured in 33 points while Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) posted her 11th double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, scored double figures. On Monday, Hittner earned her third MVC Player of the Week honor this year. Following its final road trip, Drake hosts Illinois State March 7 at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs’ second-to-last home game will be streamed on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version