This is one of the quirky things about the NCAA.
The broker can make money. So can the seller. Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference can make money from Manziel’s signature, jersey number and likeness. But Manziel can’t, until he completes his collegiate eligibility.
We understand there’s a reason for this – the NCAA wants to eliminate the old $100 handshake. Schools don’t want boosters engaging in an arms race to secure bigger, better and faster players for their favorite football programs. Instead of boosters funneling millions to athletes, schools want that money for themselves to pay off new facilities and old coaches who’ve been told to get lost.
Shouldn’t athletes get something more than a pat on the back? Plenty of people made money off Mark Ingram No. 22 Alabama jerseys and Cam Newton No. 2 Auburn jerseys. Didn’t Ingram and Newton deserve a piece of the pie?
Everybody in the world is allowed to make money off an athlete’s back, except the athlete himself. No wonder rap artist/philosopher Luther Campbell once said, “NCAA football is modern-day slavery.”
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