Stupid NCAA Rule of the Day, No. 1

In creating a daily post, I want to highlight an NCAA rule that is truly stupid.  The well-worn Jay Bilas attack of the bagel rule is more of a case of bureaucrats writing a bad rule and then having to go around their elbow to create a good interpretation of it.

What I want to highlight are the hypocritical, sanctimonious, and arrogant interpretations of amateurism and student-athlete eligibility.

For the first rule, I pick this doozy from section 12.4.4 of the 2012-2013 NCAA Division I Manual:

12.4.4 Self-Employment. A student-athlete may establish his or her own business, provided the student athlete’s
name, photograph, appearance or athletics reputation are not used to promote the business. (Adopted:

This means that you, dear student-athlete, can, in all the spare time you have after going to practice and games and going to class and doing homework, start a business on your own using your own time and money.  However, if at any point in your promotion of this business, if you use your own name and/or likeness wearing your uniform to promote this business, you will put your eligibility in jeopardy.

Let that sink in.  The NCAA will not allow an athlete to use his own name or image to promote a business he is starting.  So, if you are a student-athlete, the NCAA owns every part of you.

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