The NCAA has put forth a series of proposals that aims to create ”smarter rules and tougher enforcement” on the recruiting scene, with those proposals set to be voted on in January at the organization’s annual convention, the Associated Press is reporting.
Among the changes to be voted on are alterations to the recruiting calendar, more deregulation of coaching contact rules with recruits, and bylaws that would allow athletes to be given more money for their participation in non-scholastic events.
Below are some of the major changes proposed by the NCAA, as outlined by the AP:
-Athletes to accept up to $300 per year beyond their own expenses to attend non-scholastic events, receive expenses and ”reasonable benefits” associated with practices and competition with national teams, including tryouts;
-Schools to provide normal expenses, including travel expenses, for athletes representing the school at events such as goodwill tours and media appearances;
-Amateur teams or event sponsors to award money beyond an athlete’s expenses based on the performance of that athlete or team in all sorts, not just tennis;
-Schools, conferences or the NCAA to pay for medical expenses and any related expenses for the athlete.
The new legislation seems to focus on two key criticisms that the media and general public have had of the NCAA in recent years: the amateur athlete-based business model of the organization and the high transfer rates in sports like college basketball.
Of the new proposals, the most critical to the chipping away of the current business model would be the third bullet point above. It has yet to be explained what “award[ing] money beyond an athlete’s expenses based on the performance of that athlete or team” would entail, but that sounds a lot like a step in the direction of paying players.
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