Hello West House! It’s Diego and since we are focusing on universities on our BABS project I thought I would choose an article that is related to universities, more specifically the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As most of you probably are aware of players in the NCAA are not allowed to profit. The NCAA defines a player who profits from a sport as a “professional,” and see it as unfair for a “professional” to play against the amateurs in the NCAA. “One thing that sets the fundamental tone is there’s very few members and, virtually no university president, that thinks it’s a good idea to convert student-athletes into paid employees. Literally into professionals,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said at Marquette University when addressing an issue with paying NCAA players. This article relates to Manny’s blog assignment because Lamelo Ball is committed to UCLA, but because of his signature shoes he might not be allowed to play in the NCAA. Lavar Ball is now going to sue the NCAA, and for the first time he seems to be getting support. Lavar’s argument is based on the fact that Big Baller Brand is a family company and not a public company, which means that Lamelo is not directly profiting from the sale of his shoes. Although the Ball family is receiving support on this issue because many believe that the NCAA is controlling the lives of the athletes by not allowing them to profit.
Prompt: What is you view on the situation? Should the NCAA disallow Lamelo from taking part in sports in college or should the NCAA change their regulation and start to allow players to profit? Do you feel that the NCAA should have a say in the profit of their athletes or do you think that the NCAA should not have a say in the profits of their players?