NCAA Rule Intended to Protect Student-Athletes does Opposite, Court Says

An NCAA rule intended to protect student-athletes does the opposite, a court says.

When Major League Baseball holds its annual amateur draft June 9 and 10, hundreds of teenage boys will be forced to decide between signing a contract or postponing their dreams of becoming a professional ballplayer in order to attend college.

For those who have already decided to bypass college and play professionally, the next step is to sit down with team officials, and with the help of an agent or attorney, negotiate a contract. However, for those athletes who are unsure of their next step, the process is more difficult. Under NCAA rules, student-athletes are not allowed to have an agent or lawyer present during any contract discussions with a professional organization. Therefore, the athlete and his parents, who probably have no experience with contracts, must negotiate this first important contract without any help.

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