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Poll: Majority in favor of NCAA student-athlete endorsement compensation

New poll focuses on proposed social distance/health rules for players when baseball returns
By Staff | May 21, 2020

The results are in, and the majority of voters in the latest Courier Publications/VillageSoup sports poll favor National Collegiate Athletic Association student-athletes be allowed to receive compensation from endorsements.

Thirty-nine-point-three percent of respondents were in favor, while 35.7 were undecided on the matter, and 25 percent were not in favor.

According to, "the Board of Governors supported rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements both related to and separate from athletics. It also supports compensation for other student-athlete opportunities, such as social media, businesses they have started and personal appearances within the guiding principles originally outlined by the board in October."

If a new rule is passed it would encompass student-athletes across all three divisions, while "the board directed all three divisions to consider appropriate rules changes based on recommendations from its federal and state legislation working group."

A formal rule has not been adopted, but if, or when, it is, would forbid "the use of conference and school logos, trademarks or other involvement." To read the full article on, click here.

In October the NCAA Board of Governors voted unanimously to allow student-athletes to benefit from their name, image and likeness. Up until the October decision, the NCAA had prohibited financial/other benefits to student-athletes.

Now the sports staff shifts its focus to Major League Baseball. The regular season has not started, but according to various media reports the league aims to return at the beginning of July, but not without protocols, due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

In light of the protocols, the sports staff asks: Which proposed MLB protocol do you believe is too much to ask of the players when baseball returns?

Click here to vote.

The MLB released a detailed memo which outlines rules for players, coaches and umpires, which includes, no spitting, high-fives, fist-bumps, hugs, sunflower seeds and chewing tobacco. Also, fielders would be "encouraged to retreat several steps away from the base runner" between pitches, as well as first- and third-base coaches cannot approach base runners or umpires, and players should not socialize with the opposing players.

Showering at stadiums after games is no longer recommended and players would not be allowed to use taxis or ride-sharing services. To read the full story on ESPN click here.

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