Manziel investigation could lead to change in amateurism rules
While the NCAA investigates Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, many around the sport thinks the NCAA is going to have to change some of their rules.
For years many of the power brokers in college sports maintained that the scholarship athletes get was enough. Now those power brokers are changing their tune.
Jim Delany, the commissioner of the Big Ten conference, said last month he was in favor of giving college athletes financial help above their scholarship. And South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier has been even stronger on the subject.
“We’d give them the money ourselves so they can have some expense money,” Spurrier said a year ago.
But, if a lawsuit that’s been brought against the NCAA has anything to say about it, Spurrier won’t have to reach into his wallet to help his players out.
Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com told KTRH the lawsuit is a game changer
“At issue in that case if whether student athletes past and present should share in revenue they help produce,” Brown said.
Brown is referring to revenue from video game and jersey sales. Former Houston Oiler Spencer Tillman, who starred at the University of Oklahoma and is now a studio analyst for CBS Sports, said the players are taking the risk. They should get the reward.
“Anytime a group of people are being denied the opportunity to benefit from their likeness, you have to question if that’s un-American at its core,” Tillman told KTRH.
Tillman says the NCAA will have to change.
“It (a decision) is one that will be made for them by the courts within two years. The NCAA will not exist in its current form in terms of how they manage this situation,” Tillman said.
And Brown says he thinks change is coming.
“The Olympic model of amateurism allows athletes to receive money for endorsements as long as they are not receiving money for playing the sport they compete in,” Brown explained.
And as for why Manziel is under such scrutiny? Reports say autograph sellers got upset when he trademarked 'Johnny Football' earlier this year