Re: What do you think of this?

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Re: What do you think of this?

Post by 72AgGrad » June 15th, 2019, 10:56 am

Florida law allows athletic departments in that state to organize as DSO's or Direct Support Organizations. An explanation of what that might mean can be read here: https://www.si.com/college-football/201 ... ium=social

For me, the explanation of the structure of athletic department as DSO raises more questions than that article answered.
Since the DSO is a quasi-profit organization and operates under different rules than the associated university, does that mean that the athletes now become employees of the DSO? If so, does that resolve the issue about whether athletes should be paid, and do we thus abandon what little pretext remains about athletes (particularly in football and men's basketball) being students? What remains, if anything, of the ability of the NCAA to establish and enforce any rule? I don't see anything in the article about that, and have to wonder if, once the athletic department becomes the Florida State University Athletic Association, that association could simply refuse to enter into any agreement with the NCAA about anything. Noting that Florida and Central Florida have already created DSOs from their athletic departments, will it be possible for those schools to get into bidding wars to attract recruits? Yeah, I know, that already goes on at times and to some extent, but under the new DSO model it could be right out in the open. If other schools, those few with the big dollar booster organizations (which, obviously, does not include USU) want to be able to compete for "recruits", will we see the law in other states changed to allow
similar structuring of athletic departments? I don't know, but I have to wonder how many schools, even in the P5 conferences, have the level of booster support it would take to compete in that arena. Has the Rubicon been crossed? Will we see the creation, out of teams (perhaps not all) from the P5 conferences creating a professional development league for the NFL, perhaps create a "draft" system like the NFL and take the 3-5 star recruits from the high schools and leave the rest of us not even the crumbs we can play for now?

Anybody have any additional thoughts?