Drake Group Promotes an Educational Alternative to “Athlete Employees”

Compensation of College Athletes Including Revenues from Commercial Use of Their Names, Likenesses, and Images

With regard to students participating in intercollegiate athletics, The Drake Group believes that higher education institutions and their national sport governance organizations should operate according to the following basic principles:

  • Institutions and their national sport governance organizations have the highest obligation, especially in light of public and alumni pressure to produce winning sports teams, to promulgate policies that permit a student to fully engage in and complete the academic requirements for a degree.
  • It is within the authority of higher education institutions and their national sports governance organizations to define a “professional athlete” and prohibit professional athletes from participating in college athletic programs, acknowledging that athletes like those in the NFL and NBA generally have skill and competitive advantages over college athletes.

View the full Position Statement here – (PDF)

 

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