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As a collegiate athlete the NCAA has a direct effect on my life It tells me with respect to athletics what I can and cannot do If I were a division one athlete the limitations would be far greater I could not for example work certain jobs or accept money for being good at what I do When something has this much say over a part of my life I take notice at what they do and I feel that the NCAA is not serving its purpose In what historians have declared the first American intercollegiate contest Yale took on Harvard in a boating race The year was 1852- well before any corruption of collegiate athletics right Wrong- the whole even was underwritten by railroad company which saw the commercial and entertainment possibilities of such a contest All on the railroads bill both teams were transported to a resort at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire housed in a fine hotel and wined and dined for a week Amenities at the training table included ale brandy and cigars Smith That was 150 years ago and the NCAA has changed nothing collegiate sports are as corrupt as ever According to the NCAA website its purposes include Promote student-athletes and college sports through public awareness Protect student-athletes through standards of fairness and integrity Prepare student-athletes for lifetime leadership Provide student-athletes and college sports with the funding to help meet these goals While the NCAA does attempt to fulfill these goals many of the ways it attempts to do so are unfair or no longer relevant For example the NCAAs refusal to adopt a playoff system displays the flaws of the organization The NCAA says they do not want to keep students from classes any longer This does not make sense because D2 and D3 both have playoff systems as does D-1AA Why is it acceptable for us smaller divisions to miss classes and school but not for
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