- Mar 31, 2000
Here we go...
The Supreme Court handed a unanimous win to Division I college athletes in their legal fight against the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday that the N.C.A.A. cannot bar relatively modest payments to student-athletes in the name of amateurism. The decision, based on antitrust law, came as the business model of college sports is under increasing pressure.
Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that the N.C.A.A. was not free to limit benefits tied to education for Division I football and basketball players. The decision allowed payments for things like musical instruments, scientific equipment, postgraduate scholarships, tutoring, study abroad, academic awards and internships. It did not permit the outright payment of salaries.
Well it’s like a few of us on here said all these years… major college football is not an amateur sport and hasn’t been for ages. Either the P5 would form its own group or the NCAA was going to get destroyed in the SCOTUS was the inevitable path forward.If the NCAA wasn't already irrelevant, it is now.
I don't believe this hurts college football, at least not Power 5 college football. I think it will completely change the landscape of recruiting, and further separate between the haves and have-nots, but that ship has long sailed.R.I.P. college football. You had a good run.
Get back with me when you can apply Title IX in the same way to the Olympics.This is a disaster. One only need to look back to 1986, when the Olympics dropped the lie of amateurism and admitted their athletes were getting paid. It spelled the end of the Olympics, for sure.
The only big losers here are the NCAA and the ADs, who are now going to actually share the revenues the players generate with their sweat and blood. Hard to feel sorry for the major beneficiaries of a system based exploitation tempered by faulty rationalizations. Like the slave owners rationalizing slavery saying their slaves loved Massa and they were incapable of living independently in any case. College football will survive, but the lifestyles of the people and institutions that profited off the old system will not.