With the recent NCAA sanctions levied against Southern California and allegations of the acceptance of improper benefits swirling around a number of elite college football programs, what can the NFL and NCAA do to monitor, reduce and punish improper agent-player relations? Who bears the brunt of the blame -- the player, the agent, the leagues -- and how can the system be changed to prevent college programs from being sanctioned for the actions of individual players?
There is no strict policing of agents. Agents' actions can get players and their collegiate teams in real trouble, but until the NFL and/or NFLPA takes a tip from the NCAA and elects to discipline those in their control -- the rogue agents -- the problem will continue to spiral out of control.
It will take someone much more intelligent than I to come up with the legal mumbo-jumbo to get this thing fixed correctly.
But, doesn't it make sense for agents to suffer similar consequences as the athletes should they be found involved in these cases?
Colleges and agents need to be held accountable for improper dealings with NCAA athletes, and a new system needs to be established that does not punish innocent bystanders for the actions of past players.
Posted by Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne, on August 3, 2010 10:20 AM
Slotted salaries at both the NFL and NCAA levels would greatly reduce the influence of agents while also giving so-called amateur athletes the compensation they deserve for their performance on the field.