“Athletes are a little different, but they are still bringing value.”

I don’t this has a shot at passage, but if it somehow were to become law… well, let’s just say one benefit of amateurism for the NCAA is that it’s got plenty of money left over to pay its lawyers.

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UPDATE:  This is what happens when you let things fester, instead of being proactive about potential issues that could bite you in the ass if left unmanaged.

More than seven months after Jordan McNair’s death, Maryland state lawmakers have proposed a bill that would upend the college athletics model across the state and give athletes the right to unionize and collectively bargain over issues related to health and safety, as well as compensation.

Del. Brooke E. Lierman (D-Baltimore) proposed the measure this week and said recent events on college campuses have highlighted a growing need for an independent advocate who can work on behalf of athletes. Lierman cited McNair, the 19-year old Maryland football player who collapsed after suffering exertional heatstroke at a conditioning workout in May, and the hundreds of young Michigan State athletes who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar.

“There’s an inherently unequal playing field between student-athletes and the universities that they go to,” Lierman said. “There’s so much money involved, which has made it much more weighted against students who are coming to school on scholarships and playing, especially the revenue-producing sports. There needs to be a conversation and probably legislation to correct the imbalance of power that exists right now.”

The bill would cover all of the universities in Maryland that field athletic teams and highlights four primary areas that would be open to collective bargaining: scholarship terms, insurance benefits, use of an athlete’s image or likeness and the establishment of an independent advocate to work on behalf of athletes. The proposal challenges the NCAA’s lucrative and time-honored model of amateurism that governs college athletics.

How many fronts can the NCAA fight on at one time?

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7 responses to ““Athletes are a little different, but they are still bringing value.”

  1. 81Dog

    Hey, lawyers go to eat, too, bruh. Porshes don’t just buy themselves, capisce? 😉

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  2. 81Dog

    Ach. Got to eat, Porsches. Caffeine!

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  3. Debby Balcer

    It needs to change because the NCAA protects itself not the student athletes. What happened in gymnastics is unconscienceable. The athletes reported what was happening by staff and it was covered up and ignored. The NCAA is supposed to protect the athlete. They failed miserably.

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  4. stoopnagle

    So some dem from Berzerkely is going to help solve the Pac-12’s Larry Scott problem? That is, the Pac-12 has a revenue and a recruiting problem in football. Now, the coaches can go into a kid’s home and tell him of his scholly plus sponsorship from the local car dealer (and you don’t even have to water the artificial turf!) if he comes to USC or Cal or UCLA?

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  5. FlyingPeakDawg

    Cost of monetary judgements against the NCAA will have “member” institutions bailing out to avoid further liability, especially the very big and very little schools would be my guess. Can’t state schools hide behind the “can’t sue the government” shield if the plaintiffs come after them individually?

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  6. 69Dawg

    I have a question if a state passes this law can’t the NCAA just declare the schools to be in noncompliance with the rules and thus kick them out of the NCAA altogether? Seems to me it needs to be a Federal law to really kill the NCAA. It’s time for the member schools to tell the NCAA bureaucrats to stop throwing money at the courts just to delay the inevitable.

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