Athletes are not above the law

Athletes above the law

This, in part, explains why people involved in the athletics seem to be subject to different rules. Now even students who have no interest in sports can get a great education at a reasonable price. Instead, as an employee of the NFL or a member club, you are held to a higher standard. These guys are doing what some of us hope or used to hope, happen to us. Therefore, athletes are ambassadors of their teams, schools, sports and countries and they represent them on and off the field. Something needs to change. I have known of many situations where star salespersons do a poor job with paperwork, treats support staff terribly and think rules, policies and paperwork are for suckers. Right now, a college freshman can become a famous football star before he's ever set foot in a classroom. There is evidence that players are not punished by the league or criminal justice system as harshly as those in the general public. These coaches won in no small measure because they taught players the rules and were consistent and fair in their application. International governing bodies are ultimately responsible for the imposition of sanctions upon any bodies or persons who violate — or are implicit in the violation of — its constitution.

Secondly, athletes are not above the law and should not be treated that way. Secondly, athletes are not above the law, and should be monitored on and off the field.

The sex abuse scandals at Penn State and Syracuse universities and Taylor Branch's provocative article in last month's Atlantic suggsts a dark side to college athletics: a cruel industry that not only exploits student athletes, but enables child rapists.

Most schools actually lose money on their athletic programmes, but they are a means to engage alumni and locals who do give money.

Do athletes get away with too much

It is another to repeatedly ignore, and thus implicitly condone, violent off-field conduct. Furthe, while most athletes are good students, many top football and basketball players especially at the programmes that bring in the big money lack the skills they need to academically succeed. Apparently aware of the possibility of EU intervention, in UEFA introduced Financial Fair Play Regulations, in an attempt to reduce monopolistic like behaviour as a means to control competition in European football. Athletes caught doping are liable to a three year prison sentence. As Jonathan Chait points out, some are even happy to play on teams without a scholarship or probable professional career. But what would be the point? Instead, Stallworth got a joke of a sentence and had to pay some money to the family for killing a man, a father, brother, son to many people. In some programmes many students, even those who don't go professional, leave the university without a degree. Can athletic doping be made a criminal offence in the UK? As I am a loyal Falcon fan, I hope the incident with Babineaux is an aberration. What we have to ask ourselves is: Are we really so star struck that we forgive and forget violent criminal behavior that would be condemned in any other context?

Furthe, while most athletes are good students, many top football and basketball players especially at the programmes that bring in the big money lack the skills they need to academically succeed. Who knows how the Hernandez saga will unfold?

In the case of Walrave v Union Cycliste Internationale , the Court of Justice held that professional sport is undoubtedly a form of economic activity, thus EU competition laws apply. Now even students who have no interest in sports can get a great education at a reasonable price. Kids see that, and think the same thing. Consistent implementation requires the league and teams to consider fair judgment in a vacuum, without considering the caliber of the athlete — if you would punish the fourth-string receiver, the starting quarterback should also be punished when involved in a similar incident. Unfortunately, all too often it is the other way around. Taylor Branch repeatedly draws a false equivalency to slavery. Matthew Yglesias says coaching college sports in such a system necessarily entails using a position of power to mistreat young people.

Player behavior is a mirror of coach behavior. Even if the league eventually imposes a four-game suspension, which is likely, how will that affect the respect Babineaux has for his coach.

should professional athletes who break the law be banned from their sport

Consistent implementation requires the league and teams to consider fair judgment in a vacuum, without considering the caliber of the athlete — if you would punish the fourth-string receiver, the starting quarterback should also be punished when involved in a similar incident.

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