Since the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) inception in 1906 there have been laws in place to protect the amateurism status of its student athletes. Over the last 100 years the NCAA has morphed into a multimillion dollar business. The success and revenue that student athletes have brought the NCAA and its member institutions has sparked a debate of whether or not to compensate players for paying. Research in the field has focused on the debate and reasons to pay players and reasons not to. There has been little attempt to assert the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of the student athletes. The purpose of this study is to examine what the thoughts, feelings, and attitudes of the student athletes towards NCAA amateurism laws. Informal face to face interviews with Division 1 student athletes at universities in Indiana will be conducted to get an analysis of the attitudes, opinions, and feelings Division 1 student athletes have towards NCAA Amateurism laws.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) formed in 1906. When the NCAA was incepted they created strict bylaws requiring student-athletes maintain amateur status (NCAA Amateurism). The NCAA has remained diligent in enforcing and maintaining those laws. Under NCAA law it is illegal for student athletes to enter into contracts with professional teams, receive a salary for participating in athletics, and receive benefits from an agent or prospective agents (NCAA Amateurism). Presently, the NCAA has justified these regulations to “ensure the students’ priority remains on obtaining a quality educational experience and that all of student-athletes are competing equitably” (NCAA Amateurism). These rules however, have been in place since 1906 and the current times are much different then how they once were. In 1906 the NCAA formed to protect young people from the dangerous and exploitive athletics practices of the time (NCAA History). Now, due in large part to the student athletes the NCAA has morphed into a multi-million dollar business (NCAA Revenue) and a debate has ensued as to whether or not the NCAA is exploiting student athletes in the form of not giving them a stipend or salary. One side is for paying student athletes and the other side is against paying athletes.
Just like any business, the objective is to maximize productivity and profits. More than 1,000 schools fall under the NCAA’s jurisdiction and are bound completely under NCAA law. Under NCAA law universities have agreed not to provide athletically related financial aid in excess of the authorized cost of tuition, room and board, and books and fees. To the outsider this looks like a sweet deal. A student athlete is receiving a free college education along with room and board and books. It is very true that a student athlete is getting his or her education taken care of. However, what many people fail to realize is that tuition, room and board, and books is the only thing a student...