ERIC Number: ED240962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Collegiate Student-Athlete Protection Act of 1983. Hearings before the Committee on the Judiciary. United States Senate, Ninety-Eighth Congress, First Session on S. 610.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Hearings are presented on the Collegiate Student-Athlete Protection Act of 1983, a bill designed to encourage college student-athletes to complete their undergraduate education before becoming professional athletes. This legislation addresses the relationship between professional sports league eligibility rules and the antitrust laws. The eligibility requirements are based on elapsed time from high school graduation. The legislation makes clear that professional sports leagues and associations have the legal authority to promulgate rules regarding recruiting and eligibility without being faced with antitrust charges. The proposed legislation was prompted by the signing of the University of Georgia's football star, Herschel Walker, by a member team of the United States Football League. The scope of the hearings is confined to the public policy issue of whether antitrust laws should bar professional teams from policing themselves. The effect, however, is a broader public policy issue--whether college athletes will, at the least, be free from pressure to abandon their education. While Congress cannot force athletes to follow this course, it can provide the most favorable environment for doing so. Witnesses include representatives of professional leagues and associations, athletes, and a sports attorney. (SW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.