By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
Okay, so obviously the rules are the rules for a reason. When A-Rod didn’t follow the rules about not using performance-enhancing drugs in the MLB, he got banned from playing for 2013-2014. If one guy is doing better by taking drugs, then everyone’s going to want to use drugs, and soon the sport becomes more about who’s got the best chemicals than who has the best game. So, why is it that there’s all this drama between the NCAA and Texas A&M football player Johnny Manziel for selling autographs to fans? It’s not like selling autographs negatively impacts the sport.
See, the NCAA makes truckloads of cash from the hard work and sweat of college athletes who don’t get paid salaries like the NFL ones do. So, while it’s against the rules for Manziel to sell autographs for a total profit of $7,500, is it really worth all the drama? By standing up to the NCAA, even if it’s for “selfish” reasons, many believe that Manziel just might be lighting a match to start a rebellion against the NCAA’s “amateurism” rules. These rules are supposedly so that athletes focus on their academics, and don’t get too carried away with sports, but it seems a bit of a weak reason for the athletes not to get a dime!
Whether this dilemma with Manziel ends with a slap on the wrist and a quickly forgotten story about a college kid signing autographs or starts a major movement, remains to be seen. After all, let’s compare that $7,500 from selling autographs to the $6.2 billion that college athletes were denied over four years according to a study by the National College Players Association and the Drexel University Sport Management Department. Hmm… suddenly it seems like there should be more players like Manziel standing up to the greedy NCAA.