Friday Sports Briefs

NCAA Adopts Changes to Text Message Rule

Josh Barr of the Washington Post Sports Blog has a post on the NCAA’s changes to basketball recruiting rules, including rules concerning text messages.  Coaches now will be allowed to send recruits an unlimited number of text messages after June 15 of a recruit’s sophomore year of high school.  According to Barr, contacting recruits via Twitter or Facebook is still prohibited. 

Next week I’ll write about the other significant changes that the NCAA enacted this week regarding scholarships (not whether recruits can have cream cheese on their bagels).  Stay tuned.

Michael Beasley’s Countersuit Against Agent Exposes Path to NBA

Minnesota Timberwolves player Michael Beasley was sued by his former agent over fees arising from an endorsement deal.  Beasley responded by filing a counterclaim, alleging that the agent provided impermissible benefits to Beasley and his family dating back to high school.  Darren Heitner of the Sports Agent Blog has a nice analysis of the Beasley case.   Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports has an interesting piece on how Beasley’s road to the NBA is not uncommon.

Majoring in Sports

Howard Wasserman of the Sports Law Blog has an interesting post on Sally Jenkins’ idea that college players be allowed to major in “Performance of Sport”:

Sports, she argues, should be like drama or music or dance or art, all of which are accepted as intellectually and academically worthy enough to be integrated into the life of the school. All are pre-professional majors–athletes (at least stars in top-level football and men’s basketball programs) are in college to prepare to be professional athletes, just as theatre majors are in college to prepare to be actors.

Interesting concept.  Of course there is a major difference which Wasserman explores – actors, musicians, dancers and artists can perform for profit while in school and earn money from their images, while athletes cannot.


  1. It’s about time the NCAA is closing the gap between actual cost of attendance and the financial aid packages. And I really like the idea of multi year Scholarships. Increased competition equals better educational opportunities for the athletes.

    Next Level Recruits

    • Dan Fitzgerald says:

      Jeff, thanks for the comment, I agree with you. Also, I like multi-year scholarships from the perspective that schools would be promising an athlete the opportunity to earn a degree in 4 or 5 years.

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