“No Pay, No Play”

NCAA college system is broken and have been for a long time. There are several cases over the years that detail and show sufficient evidence of this statement. College sports is a business, a very lucrative business. Former NCAA athlete Lawrence filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, “Poppy” Livers asserting that scholarship students who play sports are employees and deserve pay. The Livers case argues that student-athletes who get scholarships should at least be paid as work-study students for the time they put in. The NCAA relied on one particular case for why NCAA athletes should not be paid. That case was Vanskike vs. Peters. Only there’s an important detail: Daniel Vanskike was a prisoner at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, Illinois, and Howard Peters was the director of the Illinois State Department of Corrections at that time. In 1992, Vanskike and his attorneys argued that as a prisoner, he should be paid a federal minimum wage for his work. The court, in its decision, cited the 13th Amendment and rejected the claim. The 13th Amendment is commonly hailed as the law that finally ended slavery in America. However, the amendment kept involuntary service legal for those who have been convicted of a crime. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction,” the amendment says. The important phrase was “except as a punishment for crime”; that allows American prisons to force inmates to do whatever work they want or need them to do.

•Garcia, J.P. (2016). Paying Collegiate Athletes. Salem Press Encyclopedia

•Huma, R. (2013, 04). A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. U.S.News & World Report, , 1. Retrieved from http://www.library.drexel.edu/cgibin/r.cgi/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1355902107?accountid=10559

•Kinetix Webmaster. (August 30, 2018). “No Pay, No Play Law.”
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