The Value of Amateurism

68 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2018 Last revised: 27 Dec 2018

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Cody McDavis

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Law, Students

Date Written: December 1, 2018


Former Division I Men's Basketball Student-Athlete reviews university finances and NCAA case law to make the argument that a dollar figure cannot be put on the value of a decent education. Courts should take the opportunity to realize that paying student-athletes in cash, or in kind, comes at a greater cost. Sports will be cut and access to higher education will be restricted for many. Moreover, academic values will be subordinated to short term financial gain. Student-athlete gain in being compensated does not outweigh the resulting losses in educational values.

Keywords: NCAA, Student-Athletes, Athlete, OBannon, National Collegiate Athlete Association, Compensation, Antitrust, Jenkins, UCLA, Marquette, College Sports, College, NCAA Compensation Restrictions, Amateur, Amateurism, Kessler, Rule of Reason, Per Se, Quick Look, Board of Regents, Supreme Court

JEL Classification: Z2, Z20, Z21, Z22, Z23, Z28, Z29, A1, A10, A11, A2, A22, E24, E25, E42, E44, E64, I2, I20, I21, I22

Suggested Citation

McDavis, Cody, The Value of Amateurism (December 1, 2018). Cody J. McDavis, Comment, The Value of Amateurism, 29 Marquette Sports Law Review 275 (2018), Available at SSRN:

Cody McDavis (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Law, Students ( email )

Los Angeles, CA
United States

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