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Simplifying NCAA Rules: From 434 To 50 Pages

Sports Illustrated writer Andy Staples makes some (serious I presume) controversial changes in the NCAA rule book covering everything from pay-to-play to transferring. It's well worth your time to peruse, digest and, I would hope, comment. Here is a sample:

Schools would not be allowed to pay athletes beyond an actual-cost-of-attendance scholarship. Except at the very top of the food chain, schools can't afford to pay more than they already do. Plus, any pay-for-play system run through the schools would require the schools to continue to pay everyone -- from the star quarterback to the setter on the volleyball team -- equally. This is ludicrous. The setter on the volleyball team isn't worth what the star quarterback is worth. Plus, only a small fraction of the athletes at FBS schools are worth more on the open market than the value of their scholarships. But just because most computer programmers make a decent living doesn't mean Bill Gates shouldn't make more than the rest. He's special. Special athletes deserve a chance to realize their market value. So what if someone else was willing to pay these athletes?



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