Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – May I have Your Autograph, Please?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I am somewhat of an autograph hound myself. In fact several family members and I have growing sports memorabilia collections. So today I propose what seems like a simple solution to me for the NCAA to consider regarding college players receiving money for autographing items. Let’s say the player receives $100 to sign something. The autograph agent or agency receives $50 of that and the player receives the other $50. But the player only receives the money if he or she maintains good grades AND displays appropriate social behavior both on and off the field of play at all times. In addition, the player must donate a minimum of 50% of his/her earnings to scholarship programs at his or her school. All funds acquired by the athlete become available when the athlete leaves school assuming all other conditions have been met. If the athlete graduates, he or she receives an additional 10% of their total earnings. How easy is that?