Swim Poll of the Week: 69% In Favor Of NCAA Allowing Student-Athletes to Earn Money Off Image

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This is the Swim Poll of the Week for Thursday May 7, 2020, sponsored by Strechcordz Swim Training Products. In our last poll, we wanted to know: Is the NCAA doing the right thing by allowing its student-athletes to be able to earn money off their own image?

Earlier this week, the NCAA Board of Governors elected to move forward with rule changes to allow student-athletes to be able to earn money off their name, image and likeness. Student athletes would be allowed to benefit financially off their name and be able to earn third-party endorsements, but the use of school and conference logos would be prohibited. The board emphasized that universities or schools should not be paying its student-athletes for name, image and likeness activities, but that it could come from third parties. Student-athletes will have the same amount of opportunities as non-athletes in that they will be able to earn money off of social media opportunities and businesses they have started.

The NCAA has long prohibited its student athletes from earning any sort of prize and endorsement money, citing the need for amateurism. But in September 2019, California passed a law that will go into effect in 2023, where students in the state — at both public and private institutions — will be permitted to sign deals with advertisers and profit from their names and likenesses, just like the pros. Other states followed suit with so called “name, image and likeness” provisions, notably Florida, which passed a bill that would go into effect in the summer of 2021 if signed by the governor.

NCAA president Mark Emmert in 2018 specifically cited a so-called “Olympic model” similar to what is being proposed now as a possibility. It almost seems hard to believe that we could live in a world where NCAA student-athletes could earn money off their name, image and likeness. But is this the right move?

So for the swim poll, the question remains: Is the NCAA doing the right thing by allowing its student-athletes to be able to earn money off their own image?

We asked for the swim poll and you answered with…

Here are the swim poll answers:

Yes, it is the right move — 69%

Yes, but the schools should pay them – 15%

No, it is not the right move — 16%


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