Supply and Demand
The Commodity of the Amateur Athlete
Before a person can decide whether or not a situation is ethical there must be a code of ethics or a set of moral guidelines established. These guidelines help a person or organization decide whether or not they are being ethical in the decisions being made. Once an organization has a consistent set of morals it can create a mission or purpose. The NCAA’s main purpose is to ” govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable and sportsmanlike manner, and to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.” This statement of purpose by the NCAA is an ethically sound one. It bases the value of fairness, welfare of others, equal opportunity, and sportsmanship as core beliefs. These values can be considered ethical because they are striving to promote the best in the athletes and hold them to a standard of decency. (Our Mission and core values) Because the NCAA is ethical, how should it deal with schools turning a learning experience into a business that wants to make profit at the expense of the athlete? Who is responsible for abiding to these ethical standards set forth in the NCAA purpose? (Ethics, Egotistic ethics.) The NCAA allows for DI and DII, to offer partial and full scholarships to athletes admitted to NCAA eligible academic institution. The NCAA however does not allow division III to offer athletic scholarships. More than 1.8 billion dollars is given each year to athletes for scholarships. This situation stirs up a few ethical questions. Are athletes being exploited by the NCAA system of recruitment? If athletes are being exploited by recruiting then should the NCAA revise its recruiting guidelines? The problem is that Coaching in the division one area has become continuously more competitive. Coaches are stressed to win in order to keep their jobs. This makes players a commodity, as coaches want...
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