Reality check about amateurism in college sports

At last, the truth about college athletics was confirmed by the Supreme Court by a unanimous vote (“Supreme Court Rejects NCAA’s Tight Limits on Athletic Benefits, Compensation,” The Wall Street Journal, June 22). For too long, the NCAA persisted in the fiction that college athletes were primarily students.

Although the ruling doesn’t allow unlimited pay for athletes, at least it acknowledges that those in football and basketball are cash cows who are entitled to compensation beyond mere tuition reductions and the like.  Technically, of course, these athletes are amateurs, but they are pros in actuality.

I’m glad to see the ruling, but I’ll bet that what counts as education in allowing compensation will be the subject of future litigation that eventually winds up in the courts.

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