Monday, June 21, 2021

SCOTUS Slaps NCAA, Kavanaugh Pistol-Whips It

The Supremes decided that NCAA rules regarding college benefits for players are un-Constitutional.

Kavanaugh agreed, and added a few words:

..."The bottom line is that the NCAA and its member colleges are suppressing the pay of student athletes who collectively generate billions of dollars in revenues for colleges every year. Those enormous sums of money flow to seemingly everyone except the student athletes. College presidents, athletic directors, coaches, conference commissioners, and NCAA executives take in six- and seven-figure salaries. Colleges build lavish new facilities. But the student athletes who generate the revenues, many of whom are African American and from lower-income backgrounds, end up with little or nothing," he charged.

Kavanaugh torched the NCAA's justifications for refusing to let student athletes be paid based on the tradition of amateur sports. 

 "Those traditions alone cannot justify the NCAA's decision to build a massive money-raising enterprise on the backs of student athletes who are not fairly compensated," he wrote. "Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate. And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different. The NCAA is not above the law."

Maybe NCAA should STFU about protecting women in sports and worry about a lawsuit over PAYING the players instead, eh?

Fact of the matter:  Big Sports is riding for a Big Fall, and the NCAA is only the first casualty, if this case actually hurts NCAA.


Mar said...

I disagree with SCOtUS on this one. The vast majority of schools do not make money with athletics. The few ones who who do make money show case their athletes through TV.
How do justify pay for the football player, cross country runner, female track athlete and female Lacrosse player?
And if you are a star running back, do get more benefits than the third string guard?
So, then, does then extend to the chemistry department where a student comes up with a new chemical compound.
It might sound good but it's going to present many problems.

Dad29 said...

Those are problems created by the colleges. So they will have to solve them.

Any college can cut any sport, so long as women and men have roughly equal competitive opportunities.