ERIC Number: ED246151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
NCAA Rule 48, Black Leaders, and Collegiate Student-Athletes' Bill of Rights: A Critique. African and Afro-American Studies and Research Center Papers: Series 2. Number 6.
Warfield, John L.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Proposition 48 would establish minimum test scores and high school grade averages as prerequisites for participation in college sports. Black leaders have protested this new rule as disciminatory. Blacks were not included on the committee that formulated this proposition, and the structural and functional bias of SAT-type tests against Afro-American students was not considered. But the motive of the NCAA was probably not to deliberately lessen the dominance of black athletes, as some black leaders have suggested. It was, rather, one effort to proclaim and redeem some control over powerful athletic machines. The "Collegiate Student-Athletes' Bill of Rights," created by sociologist Harry Edwards, is an admirable, comprehensive document that provides conceptual guidelines and a modicum of protection for the student athlete. However, mandatory five-year scholarships, "redshirting," and other proposals contained within the 10 points of the "Bill" easily could be abused. Proposed remedial education programs might be inadequate in redressing the years of deficient education undergone by low-income blacks before entering college. The "Bill of Rights" could be strengthened, but not without acknowledging the degree to which the amateur college system has been professionalized into a sports entertainment system. The exploitation of black athletes will not be remedied through traditional means. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. African and Afro-American Studies and Research Center.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National Collegiate Athletic Association Rule 48