The NCAA has been threatening state leaders that do not adopt their inclusive spirit regarding transgender people into sports. They are going to pull their events from the states that generally would have hosted them.
The loss in revenue would amount to millions of dollars per event. And the NCAA thought they could bully states into letting men compete as girls. But what they found is that it was not going to be as easy as they thought it would be to force states to do what they did not want to do.
The NCAA also thought that they could get away with limiting the amount of compensation promised to athletes if they would play for the school. Some schools were engaging in limiting what athletes were allowed to have to use for their education. These items would include things such as computers, tutoring, and even graduate scholarships.
The NCAA currently keeps what a student can receive at the current tuition rate for that school year. And they claim that they have that rule, so college sports do not become a place for pros to settle. But pro sports already use the college level for a field to harvest from. So, students pursue college scholarships based on the notion that pro recruiters will be watching them play.
The real reason why the NCAA caps limit players’ abilities the way they do remains a mystery. But for the time being, they will not be allowed to bully players by keeping back the resources they need to get their education. The Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA cannot limit resources or benefits to students.
Justice Nel Gorsuch wrote that the NCAA is prohibited from barring schools from “offering additional education-related benefits to Division I basketball and football players but will allow individual conferences to set limits on education-related benefits. According to the decision, as long as the compensation is connected to a student athlete’s education, schools will be allowed to provide unlimited compensation.”
Players sued the NCAA, stating that restricting education-based funding is a clear violation of antitrust laws. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students. The NCAA has taken the sports department of colleges and turned it into a lucrative business.
College students are given scholarships to entice them to play for particular schools that want to win sports. And because they treat it as a business, the less they have to pay for a student to attend school, the more revenue they will keep.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh had a few words of his own to blast the NCAA with. He noted that “Businesses like the NCAA cannot avoid the consequences of price-fixing labor by incorporating price-fixed labor into the definition of the product. Or to put it in more doctrinal terms, a monopsony cannot launder its price-fixing of labor by calling it product definition.”
The players may get a scholarship to play for the school. But the school is raking in billions of dollars in revenue. It seems only fair that the students get only the best tools they need to get a quality education while under the stress of sports and school.
Kavanaugh’s comments caught the attention of many on social media.
“Brett Kavanaugh absolutely eviscerated the NCAA in his opinion here,” Clay Travis wrote on Twitter. “Gonna be fun to see all the blue checkmark brigade members who were crying when he was confirmed gleefully retweeting this today.”
The Democrats and liberal institutions around the country look for ways to cheat people. Student-athletes have been neglected for far too long. And it is time for them to have the help they need to succeed in school as well as they do in sports.
Many of these players are so involved that they do not have time to work or earn a living while in school. They should be allowed to market themselves and make money while playing on the college level. They make the schools millions in revenue each year, so it stands to reason that they should retain a little bit for their futures once they leave college.