NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > A Trade Association for College Athletes
November 13, 2013, 02:02 PM
They started planning a Trade Association (not a union mind you) basically the minute the judge 'partially?' certified Ed O'Bannons class action suit lat Friday (11-8-2013) according to an SI article:
http://tinyu rl.com/Ed-Oban-Class-Action

Will this change the face of CFB? Better or Worse?
November 14, 2013  08:19 AM ET

Hi Ult! This proposed 'trade assoc.' will never fly for college sports. One way or another college sports will keep its amateur status, either with or without the top flight talent that believe they're responsible for the huge amounts of money generated by college sports.

As far as off the field opportunities to generate income, video games, book and autograph signings, those things too should be off limits as long as the player(s) are still part of a college team.

The same goes for the NCAA, they should not be allowed to sell jerseys with players names, they shouldn't be allowed the video game licensing again using players names etc. Sure, it would leave money on the table but the NCAA shouldn't be given free rein to milk the system for all it's worth. The NCAA's product is on the playing field and court and if the NCAA wants to put a product on store shelves, it should be void of any players likeness or name.

What the major schools can offer elite athletes is amazing and astounding, world class facilities, the best nutrition on the planet, free health care just to name a few. For those players that believe they're worth more than that, let them take their 'TRADE' elsewhere!

November 14, 2013  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

For those players that believe they're worth more than that, let them take their 'TRADE' elsewhere!

Agree totally. If they want to get paid, let 'em go straight to the pros. If they want to be a paid apprentice, (or aren't good enough to go straight to the pros, let 'em go somewhere else or just accept the personal financial limitations of college while they serve as an apprentice.

And the NCAA/colleges shouldn't be allowed to excessively profit off them either under the guise of "non profits". But, I doubt many are profitting since the big revenue sports have to subsidize the others. Some are very profitable , but not many.

November 14, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Can we amend the State Constitution to ban lawyers again?

November 14, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Can we amend the State Constitution to ban lawyers again?

No, please no. Then my oldest S-i-L will be out of a job and start crying to everyone. Whenever there were budget cuts or the sequestration and he had to sit out one Friday every two weeks you would have thought they were about to file bankruptcy....

November 14, 2013  12:42 PM ET

1st let me say you left off cookies for offensive linemen! And hey to you too Nork.

But, according to the article, the trade associations aren't waiting until june (when the case goes to court) to start up, they're doing it now for football and BBall only at first. They will negotiate 'contracts' for anyone that joins, defend them (or represent them) in court, etc. The article, written by a legal expert (very unlike myself) says the decision was not entirely based on the 'partial' class action status (only current student atheletes are a class action, guys like O'Bannon himself are on their own), but also belief based on such things as the unwillingness to step in in the Grambling boycott, that the NCAA is holding it's water, at least for now.

I have no idea what will happen, and most know my opinion, but the article pretty much states this deal is going ahead NOW!

The only question is if they get signees, and it also states they are trying to do it on a team basis instead of individual. Not sure how that will work tho, it's not like "right to work" laws in some states because although it's like a union, it isn't.

November 14, 2013  12:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Hi Ult! This proposed 'trade assoc.' will never fly for college sports. One way or another college sports will keep its amateur status, either with or without the top flight talent that believe they're responsible for the huge amounts of money generated by college sports.As far as off the field opportunities to generate income, video games, book and autograph signings, those things too should be off limits as long as the player(s) are still part of a college team.The same goes for the NCAA, they should not be allowed to sell jerseys with players names, they shouldn't be allowed the video game licensing again using players names etc. Sure, it would leave money on the table but the NCAA shouldn't be given free rein to milk the system for all it's worth. The NCAA's product is on the playing field and court and if the NCAA wants to put a product on store shelves, it should be void of any players likeness or name.What the major schools can offer elite athletes is amazing and astounding, world class facilities, the best nutrition on the planet, free health care just to name a few. For those players that believe they're worth more than that, let them take their 'TRADE' elsewhere!

The previous was a response to Norka... FN seems to be acting up.

November 14, 2013  12:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Agree totally. If they want to get paid, let 'em go straight to the pros.

Not saying you're wrong DC, but in a way you hit the nail on the head. That is kinda the reason that this case flies; the fact that the ateletes, unlike baseball, CAN'T immediately go pro and thus the NCAA has an anti-trust/monopoly going on. They are the only game in town.

And going straight to the pro's would ruin the game, as one and done has college basketball. But this case is in no way about getting paid, it's mostly about right to your name; in addition I think TV revenue sharing may be on the table. But I just haven't seen evidence myself how the olympic model hurts the game if booster prohibitions remain in place.

 
November 14, 2013  02:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

it's mostly about right to your name;

If you make a name for yourself in any endeavor...and then start getting paid because of your name....you are then a professional.

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