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Neither Reasonable nor Necessary:'Amateurism' in Big-Time College Sports


Daniel A. Rascher


University of San Francisco - Sport Management Program; SportsEconomics

Andrew D. Schwarz


OSKR, LLC


Antitrust Magazine, Special Sports Issue, Spring 2000

Abstract:     
The NCAA and its member schools are a joint venture that fixes the compensation of its most important workers, the athletes, at a level that is substantially below what would otherwise occur in a competitive market. Claims of amateurism and the need for competitive balance obscure the more than $3.5 billion dollars in revenue generated mostly on the backs of those athletes. From the point of view of rule of reason antitrust analysis, the NCAA's justification for its concerted wage fixing has obvious weaknesses. Recent phenomenal growth in revenue has made the claims of the necessity and reasonableness of concerted action to restrain wages increasingly dubious.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: NCAA, college sports, amateurism, antitrust, cartel, price fixing

JEL Classification: K2, L12, L83

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Date posted: August 24, 2006  

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Rascher, Daniel A. and Schwarz, Andrew D., Neither Reasonable nor Necessary:'Amateurism' in Big-Time College Sports. Antitrust Magazine, Special Sports Issue, Spring 2000. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=926339

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Daniel A. Rascher (Contact Author)
University of San Francisco - Sport Management Program ( email )
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States
SportsEconomics ( email )
2200 Powell St.
Emeryville, CA 94608
United States
Andrew D. Schwarz
OSKR, LLC ( email )
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Suite 430
Emeryville, CA 94608
United States
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