Thursday, February 21, 2013

NCAA Rules Gone Amok

From the ongoing battle over the NCAA's role in American universities comes this story:
Wrestler Loses Scholarship for Posting His Music Online
The key bit is here:
National Collegiate Athletic Association rules prohibit athletes from using their name or image for commercial purposes
So an organization the rakes in hundreds of millions in TV revenues tells a struggling wrestler that he can't sell songs (that have nothing to do with his performance as an athlete) for a few bucks online? This is upside-down crazy, and another indication of a broken system that may not be repairable. The sooner some of the lawsuits against the NCAA (questioning, among other things, its legal standing to tell anybody to do anything) are resolved, the better.

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