Outkick founder and president Clay Travis shared his view on the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding NCAA athletes on Tuesday, arguing the change will devastate college sports.
During a Fox News interview, Travis said, ““Remember — for all the talk surrounding college athletics, only two real sports make money: football and men’s basketball.”
He added, “And usually, what the athletic departments would argue is they are taking all the money that they make off those two sports and redistributing it around the rest of the athletic department so that women’s lacrosse and men’s track and field — those guys and girls get scholarships when they otherwise wouldn’t because there isn’t a substantial fanbase there.
“So, how will you reconcile the quarterback at Ohio State and compare him to a women’s soccer midfielder or a men’s 100-meter sprinter? How are you going to manage that under Title IX and name, image and likeness?
“We’ve got a huge can of worms is opened here, but I think the ultimate story is the demise of the NCAA and the collegiate model as we know it certainly is at hand.”
The Supreme Court decision regarding the NCAA will certainly change how college sports are played, especially football and men’s basketball. The question remains regarding how the change will impact schools and athletes.
The decision ruled regarding incentives beyond room and board. Many are concerned the changes will extend far beyond campus needs.
Though the focus was on school-related expenses, the “can of worms” could quickly extend to a wide variety of incentives that could make top athletes choosing a college more like becoming a top pro draft pick.