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

6 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2006  

Daniel A. Rascher

University of San Francisco - Sport Management Program; SportsEconomics

Andrew D. Schwarz

OSKR, LLC

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.

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

JEL Classification: K2, L12, L83

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=926339

Daniel A. Rascher (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco - Sport Management Program ( email )

San Francisco, CA 94117
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SportsEconomics ( email )

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Andrew D. Schwarz

OSKR, LLC ( email )

2200 Powell Street
Suite 430
Emeryville, CA 94608
United States

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