In a windowless lecture hall in the basement of MU's Middlebush Hall, Robert Turner II pulled no punches in describing the underbelly of college athletics. Turner has come a long way since his days as a football player at James Madison University in the early 1980s. After stints in the now disbanded United States Football League, the Canadian Football League and the NFL, Turner eventually went back to school, earning a masters and Ph.D. in sociology. Today, he serves as an assistant professor of clinical research and leadership in the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Turner spoke Tuesday night as part of the MU sociology department's black history month programming. Before a small group of MU students and staff, he articulated a view of college athletics radically different from that expressed in NCAA commercials. "The administration is so committed to this idea that we're doing things to help these athletes, but what I tell … [Read more...] about Robert Turner II challenges foundations of college athletics in MU visit
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Rick Maese, The Washington Post Published 8:29 am PST, Friday, February 8, 2019 Maryland Del. Brooke Lierman, D-Baltimore, says, "There's an inherently unequal playing field between student-athletes and the universities that they go to." Maryland Del. Brooke Lierman, D-Baltimore, says, "There's an inherently unequal playing field between student-athletes and the universities that they go to." Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Astrid Riecken Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Astrid Riecken Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Maryland Del. Brooke Lierman, D-Baltimore, says, "There's an inherently unequal playing field between student-athletes and the universities that they go to." Maryland Del. Brooke Lierman, D-Baltimore, says, "There's an inherently unequal … [Read more...] about Proposed legislation would give Maryland college athletes the right to unionize
On one of the most important days in college athletics, California State Sen. Nancy Skinner formally inked a proposition that could fundamentally change the way that people view college athletes. Skinner submitted Senate Bill 206 — the “Fair Pay to Play Act” — on Wednesday. Wednesday was also National Signing Day, when hundreds of thousands of athletes sign their lives away to universities across the country. Her goal is to allow athletes to receive compensation for their work as athletes, forcing California head-on into a heated national debate over athlete pay and the concept of “amateurism” in college sports. Skinner’s bill, however, makes a distinction. Instead of requiring universities to provide paychecks along with scholarships, it creates a provision that allows athletes to receive outside payments that were previously banned under NCAA policies. If the bill is passed, college athletes in California could soon sell endorsements, … [Read more...] about Poe’s Perspective: Proposed bill presents paying college athletes as a future possibility
Steve Berkowitz and Erik Brady USA TODAY Published 8:28 p.m. UTC May 31, 2018 OXON HILL, Md. – Tom McMillen is CEO of an association of college athletics directors, a former Congressman, a former NBA player – and now, unofficially, an odds-maker. “I’ll give you something that I’ll put 100% odds on,” he said the other day. “If gambling on colleges is in 20 or 30 states there is probably a 100% chance of a point-shaving scandal at some school.” McMillen was part of a panel discussion at last month's annual conference of the Sports Lawyers Association. He stopped short of offering an over/under as to how soon he thinks such a scandal could come now that the Supreme Court has ruled states are free to allow gambling on sports, including college sports. The calculus behind McMillen’s assertion is simply this: Athletes in the major team sports are paid so much that they are unlikely to risk their careers by … [Read more...] about Legalized sports betting will wreak havoc on college athletics. Or not.
College athletes should be making money in some way related to the sports that they play. It doesn’t make much sense for them to not see monetary gain from what they are potentially going to be doing for a living. Sports is one of the most popular industries in the entire world, and it is still growing. Because of this, it only makes sense that college athletes should have some of the same financial opportunities as their professional counterparts. One argument that has been made to justify college athletes not being paid is that they are not professionals and, therefore, should not receive income. This argument does have some logic behind it, but it simply does not hold up when one takes into account the fact that head coaches are making millions of dollars per season. The increasing amount of money being made in college sports each year is making it more difficult to argue against paying players, according to a Time article by sports writer Sean Gregory. Nick Saban, who is the … [Read more...] about College athletes deserve to be paid for their play