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THE QUESTION

Are agents ravaging college football?

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?

Posted by Matt Brooks on August 3, 2010 12:00 AM
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pjohn2: Agents are the sleazy lawyers, the Congress od college sports. All out from greedy and self-promotion. If Shakespeare were a college sports ...

Garak: To recognize reality, tax college sports as the big business they are. Colleges should pay UBTI (Urelated Business Taxable Income) on their...

vw52: The NCAA needs to recognize that the most talented athletes are going to make a career of their chosen sport. Instead of fighting these stud...

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termiteavenger Author Profile Page :

No one really seemed to care about this "problem" when USC and other schools were being sanctioned. Now, suddenly, this is a huge problem that needs to be corrected. Why? Because it is several of the big SEC schools being looked at. If it wasn't a problem 6 months ago, it shouldn't be a problem today. But, if the NCAA wants to address this, what is the problem with a kid contacting and discussing pro options with an agent - or even signing with an agent?

pjohn2 Author Profile Page :

Agents are the sleazy lawyers, the Congress od college sports. All out from greedy and self-promotion. If Shakespeare were a college sports fan, it's not the lawyers he would suggest "doing in".
It is a problem because agents are preying on young kids by making outrageous claims and promises. Then, after ruining their educational opportunities and the "big payday" doesn't happen, they simply walk away.
Unregulated agents are like unregulated banks and stock manipulators.

Garak Author Profile Page :

To recognize reality, tax college sports as the big business they are. Colleges should pay UBTI (Urelated Business Taxable Income) on their sports revenue.

vw52 Author Profile Page :

The NCAA needs to recognize that the most talented athletes are going to make a career of their chosen sport. Instead of fighting these students they should be helping these students along their chosen path. The Colleges should allow professionals to come on campus representing the sports teams and work with these kids to help them to a successful education and career. By working with the professional teams instead of against them they could enhance the experience for their student athletes. Large corporations recruit college students and are welcome on campus why should professional sports teams be treated differently. The curriculum could be setup to teach the student athletes about professional sports, Classes in contract management and financial management could allow these athletes to understand what they need to do to hire an agent. Financial assistance to the colleges by the professional leagues could allow the colleges to support their athletes. By working together professional sports leagues and colleges could get a better educated more experienced athlete with a better chance of being successful.

 
 
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