Feb 15th, 2022 |
98: Athletes as Employees: Will the NCAA/Power 5 Continue Their Totalitarian Opposition?
For seventy years, the NCAA and in-system stakeholders-beneficiaries have militantly enforced their classification of athletes as “students” rather than employees. There is scant evidence that the NCAA/Power 5 have budged from that position. This episode frames the athletes as employees debate from a values-based perspective. I use NCAA/Power 5-friendly hearings in the Senate in 2020 and two pieces of proposed legislation to analyze the stakeholder polarization in this debate.