The Drake Group Comments on the Proposed College Athlete Protection Agreement

The CAP Agreement includes language that can be amenable to everyone involved in college sports. Greater athlete rights in areas such as freedom to transfer, selection of educational programs and lessening time demands are just a few of the issues The Drake Group has supported in the past. Much of this platform is also covered in the proposed congressional bill HR 2731 which is fully supported by TDG. Our position papers on this and many other topics can be found at www.thedrakegroup.org. Also TDG members Drs. Gerry Gurney, Donna Lopiano and Andy Zimbalist mention many of these common sense changes in their book Unwinding Madness; What Went Wrong with College Sports and How to Fix It. 

These ideas are not new, and it is puzzling why they have not already been enacted. They would change nothing except the power structure and provide the athlete, who is the front porch and primary institutional advancement tool of the institution their basic and needed rights. Changes like this should be celebrated and not minimized. The Drake Group sees the present time as a real opportunity for presidents and chancellors to do something that clearly benefits athlete rights and makes the system more balanced for all parties.

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