The Drake Group issued a position statement applauding The Student-Athlete Level Playing Field Act introduced on September 14, 2020, by a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives led by Anthony Gonzalez (OH-R) and Emanuel Cleaver (MO-D). The Act, if adopted, would prohibit the NCAA and other national or conference governance organizations or their member institutions from declaring college athletes ineligible for collegiate athletic participation because they enter into endorsement contracts or retain agents to represent them in obtaining such contracts. The Drake Group commended nine elements of the Act including those that maintained the “student” relationship between the higher education institution and the college athlete, designated the Federal Trade Commission as the enforcement agency to investigate allegations of unfair or deceptive acts or practices by college athlete agents, institutions or their boosters (instead of the NCAA) and giving athletes full freedom to enter into endorsement agreements, even with competitors of institutional sponsors, as long as they are subject to a narrow athletics contests/official university events condition. However, The Drake Group was also highly critical of various aspects of the Act.
- Academic Integrity
- Athlete Compensation, Scholarships and Benefits
- Athlete Health, Insurance, Medical
- Athletes’ Rights
- Certification, Accreditation
- Coach and Administrator Salaries
- Congressional Intervention
- Eligibility for Participation
- Enforcement and Due Process
- Ethical and Professional Conduct
- Facility Excesses
- Gender Equity
- NCAA Reform
- Racial Exploitation
- Revenue Generation and Distribution
- Student Fees and Institutional Subsidies
- Tax Preferences
- Transparency and Reporting
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