The NCAA seems to cause more problems than it solves. The organization rules over collegiate athletics, but does it go too far when applying, what some may call, arbitrary rules?
The latest such story involves a track athlete from Texas A&M University. Freshman, Ryan Trahan, is a cross-country and track and field athlete for the university; he also owns a water bottle company. His YouTube channel, which he uses to promote his business, has some 14-thousand subscribers.
What an enterprising young man! What could possibly be the problem, you may ask? But of course, it is the NCAA. Apparently, Mr. Trahan could have a job working at a fast food restaurant, and the NCAA would have no problem. However, he cannot promote a business and talk about his athletic life – he must do one or the other.
Trahan says he has filed a waiver so he can own and operate his business and compete for A&M while retaining his athletic eligibility. The school’s athletic department also is working with the NCAA regarding Trahan’s status.
Trahan says he has to give up one of two things while on social media – references to being an A&M athlete, or references to his water bottle business, Neptune.
“These are the two biggest things in my life. They’re asking me to throw one out the window, essentially,” Trahan said.
Trahan’s case is similar and comes on the heels of another such situation involving Central Florida kicker, Donald De La Haye. De La Haye was ruled ineligible for receiving advertising money generated from his YouTube channel.
The NCAA ended up granting the Central Florida player a waiver; however, he still cannot talk about his business and being an athlete. So, essentially, the waiver is simply a piece of paper that enforces, what some may call, the NCAA’s idiotic rules about how an athlete may earn money.
What do you think? A school may earn money off of these young athletes, but the athletes themselves may not do the same. Is that fair?
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