Governance in Intercollegiate Sports

Governance in Intercollegiate Sports

Governance in Intercollegiate Sports
LSTD 601
August 25, 2014
Prof. Timothy Finch

Athletics serve to provide an educational mission to student athletes, in addition to its athletic mission in regards to sports. As such, conflict exists between the education purposes and athletic goals of universities. This is attributed to the rules that govern sports in the college arena. This paper serves to expound on that conflict and the governance of intercollegiate sports to help solidify these conflicts. Discussion includes the roots of governing associations within intercollegiate sports, to include the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Furthermore, this paper discusses the links between these organizations and the mission of college athletes as they attempt to confront the decisions on campuses and support the culture of college athletics. It further exemplifies issues that have plagued athletics because of the rules that govern player eligibility and academic constraints.


The sports industry generates billions of dollars every year. Within this vast marketplace, issues are sure to arise that will require regulation for the million or so athletes which includes those in the intercollegiate capacity. Athletic institutions within the college area have an educational focus in addition to its mission to promote sports. Due to this two-fold task, many areas of the law must be understood on how they apply to sports. Athletic professionals should be prepared to assist clients in categories of taxes, contracts, labor, worker’s compensation and property laws. Misapplying the law in regards to sports can ruin careers for athletes and coaches, negatively affect schools, and damage the economy. For this...

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