Let’s start with the basics: What was the O’Bannon lawsuit all about in the first place? Why did Ed O’Bannon—a former UCLA basketball player who played nearly 10 years professionally—file this suit back in the summer of 2009?
The summer months are usually a pretty slow time for the NCAA and its athletes. Early June saw the last sanctioned championship — track and field — and fall sports don’t begin their play until early August. That’s a pretty big chunk of time with relatively little activity, but don’t be fooled: Every sport from…
A few weeks ago, in the aftermath of UConn’s victory over Kentucky in the national championship game, I wrote a piece decrying the blatant unfairness of the NCAA’s revenue model and its rules governing its so-called “student-athletes.” I hesitate to even use the latter term, as it just further engrains the belief that all collegians are students first and that their contributions to their universities’ athletic programs are a secondary priority. That is the NCAA’s goal: to cement the “amateur” status of its players, when in reality those individuals — particularly in revenue-rich sports such as football and men’s basketball — are nothing but cash cows.
Last week, Stanford runner and Daily sports editor Cameron Miller wrote that collegiate athletes are being “used by an unjust NCAA system,” adding his voice to the growing clamor that NCAA administrators are stuffing their pockets while student-athletes remain unable to profit in the increasingly lucrative world of college sports.
Outside of the student-athlete community, Feb. 17 might seem like a normal Monday. For many athletic teams, however, that day is no regular sporting event but rather the culmination of intense anticipation and preparation—the Athlete Date Auction.