the athletic department owns their "student-athletes"

7/31/2011: There’s really no other way to interpret this Oregonian story by Rachel Bachman:

On online-auction site eBay Friday, 270 items purported to be signed by current or former Ducks were for sale. They focused on high-profile athletes, from a mini-helmet signed by senior tight end David Paulson (buy-it-now price: $79.99) to gloves signed by James ($100), the junior who was a Heisman finalist last season.

A fan or dealer selling items whose signatures he acquired, or that were given to him, is allowed. But it’s against NCAA rules for players to receive anything of value in exchange for autographs or gear.

Complicating matters is that a university may have a player autograph a jersey or helmet and auction it off; the player just can’t get a cut.

What an amazing scam the NCAA has put together. The players need to organize.

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