NCAA Rule Raising Questions

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

The NCAA is investigating Johnny Manziel allegedly breaking a rule, but now the eyes are on the rule itself.

The rule surrounded by growing controversy is bylaw 12.5.2.1, which prohibits students from accepting money for promoting or advertising the commercial sale of a product or service.

The idea behind the rule came about in the 1850's in England.

"It was like an upper class maneuver to keep sports just for the upper class, kind of away from the working class,” said Paul Keiper is a professor with the sports management department at Texas A&M University.

He says the rule was formed to make sure the working class keeps working and can't afford to play sports.

"It would have helped the working class if they could be paid, so they could participate in sports more and compete at the same level,” said Keiper. "The NCAA is making billions of dollars off of the backs of the players. They are selling their jerseys and all of that. I think that's the kind of hypocrisy in this whole thing. The amounts of money they are making."

Texas A&M's former starting quarterback Jerrod Johnson says told TexAgs he would have been able to make a lot of money if that rule wasn't in place.

"For someone who missed out on that, I am all for players, while your name is hot and while you are in the market, being able to capitalize. It's not the rule now, so they can't do it,” said Johnson.

If Manziel is found to have violated NCAA rules, he could be ruled ineligible to play.


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