Letter: Student-athletes deserve compensation

Published: 7/22/2021 7:00:05 AM

Thanks for your article (Monitor, 7/17) describing how college student-athletes will no longer be excluded from seeking compensation for the commercial use of their image and reputation. Colleges have long made millions based on their sports teams. Now the athletes too may seek valuable sponsorships and endorsement opportunities. In your article, college administrators complained that they were scrambling to put the new rules in place in time for the fall season. Athletes were glad that they could now share in some of the benefits generated by their hard work and accomplishments.

I was surprised, however, that the article failed to mention the real reason why athletes will now be treated more fairly. On June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the NCAA’s former rules restricting student-athlete compensation. In the words of the high court, “The NCAA is not above the law.” The important story, in my view, is not that the NCAA suddenly adopted new, less-restrictive rules, unexpectedly placing college administrators behind the eight ball. The take home message should be this: student-athletes have been pushing for a long time to level the playing field in the lucrative world of college sports, and now at long last, the legal system has provided a measure of justice for them.

Ken Barnes



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