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The NCAA Out of Control Darnell Autry was a member of the Northwestern University Wildcats football team He was a dedicated student and an All American running back He was also a theatre major So when he was offered a small part in a motion picture he quickly accepted It was a non-paying role and he paid for his own plane ticket to Rome where the movie was being filmed However the National Collegiate Athletic Association the governing body of college athletics told Autry that he would be violating NCAA Article 5 section 3 subsection 2 That rule states Footage of an individual performance of a student athlete may not be used in a commercial motion picture unless his or her eligibility has been exhausted NCAA Bylaws 324 So Autry had to decline what could have been the start of a film career because he would be suspended from NCAA competition Fitzpatrick 15 If the movie had been a TV movie he would not have been in violation of the rules Autry could not appear in the motion picture because it is a product which is meant to be sold Yet the NCAA has no qualms about making money off Autry and the thousands of other athletes in the form of TV revenues and licensing rights This is part of what is wrong with the NCAA It is an antiquated and corrupt organization that is unchecked by any higher power and it is one that needs to be reformed The Autry case is just one of many pointless rules that the NCAA tries to enforce In 1994 they tried to ban all the sportwriters whose papers run betting lines from the Final Four the championship of college basketball The only reason they did not was because almost every major newspaper in the country runs them Lacey 16 If they had no media coverage they would lose advertising revenues It
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