It’s not just the college athletes in the revenue producing sports that’s a threat, y’all.
College coaches in non-revenue sports are worried about the impact legislation allowing compensation for athletes could have on their programs.
More than a dozen national associations in various sports — hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming and gymnastics, among them — have signed a memo outlining “significant concerns” about effects of allowing athletes to profit for use of their names, images and likenesses (NIL).
The concerns include reduced resources for lower-profile programs, the risk of “crowdfunded recruiting” for boosters to “buy talent” for a competitive advantage, increased influence by agents and whether schools can effectively monitor for compliance.
“Crowdfunded recruiting” for golfers? Hell, schools usually don’t give them whole scholarships, but now we got to worry about out of control golf boosters? Who’s the genius behind this scare?
The memo, prepared by North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham and associate athletics director Paul Pogge…
Oh. Well, that explains that.
“It doesn’t take a Rhodes Scholar to say those businesses might be able to make a deal with one of those recognizable faces for a lot less money than they can make a deal with the athletics department,” said Kathy DeBoer, executive director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association that supports the memo.
“The athletics department can say, ‘It gets you the sponsorship of all these sports.’ They’re like, ‘We don’t care, we don’t want all the sports, we just want the recognizable face.’ So does money now go from the athletics department to these student-athletes, and therefore there’s even less resources?”
Can’t have underpaid volleyball coaches now, can we?
These guys aren’t even trying to pretend amateurism is about the academic experience anymore.