Alternative Approaches to Measuring MRP: Are All Men's College Basketball Players Exploited?
39 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2010 Last revised: 22 Mar 2012
Date Written: March 21, 2012
College men’s basketball players have alleged that the NCAA’s illegal cap on athletic scholarships leads to lower scholarships than would prevail in a free market. Recently, the NCAA increased the limit on athletic scholarships. We compare the marginal revenue product (MRP) of men’s basketball players to athletic scholarship caps. We estimate MRPs using players’ playing statistics; information on the distribution of pro salaries; and players’ future draft status. We find that players’ MRPs are greater than the athletic scholarship caps for about 60% of men’s basketball players, not just the star players.
Keywords: MRP, basketball
JEL Classification: J2, J3, L4, L83
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