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NCAA Rule Change Opens Door For Player Stipends

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Mr Ricochet

As the article points out the rich will get richer and the possibilities following this decision/ruling opens up many possibilities, a big one is helping the NCAA better compete with the CHL for players or allow them NCAA eligibility.

 

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Simply put, the NCAA has voted to allow 65 teams from the five major conferences the ability to write and vote on their own rules. One of those items that has already been discussed includes full cost-of-attendance stipends. Essentially extra money to cover expenses not covered by an athletic scholarship.

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Mr Ricochet

Will Power 5 Autonomy Impact College Hockey?

 

 


One way that a stipend could change the game in college hockey in the long term, however, is NCAA's relationship with major junior. Right now, anyone who plays a game of major junior loses their NCAA eligibility, since junior players get a "cost of living stipend" along with educational benefits. It's rarely lucrative, but because it's some pocket cash that goes above and beyond the basic essentials, the NCAA considers it a violation of amateur status. But if the top NCAA programs are handing out stipends for living expenses, why should this be legally considered different from what major junior does? Could hockey coaches successfully challenge the NCAA on this definition and get to a point where players wouldn't burn their eligibility if they played major junior hockey? That would be a game changer, though by vastly widening the talent pool, it might not necessarily benefit certain schools in particular.

 

 

 

Bucky's 5th Quarter Autonomy for 'Power 5' could widen financial gap in college hockey

 

 


One of the major rule changes likely to occur is adding stipends for the full cost of attendance. In a recent article from MLive.com, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon projected a stipend of $3,000 per year for every athlete in his program. That will likely cost the school over $1 million per year in stipends for athletes alone.

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minor life

This will probably not happen this season, but look for it in next years budgets for some schools. Completely under the table talks have been going on about this for well over a year.

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Mr Ricochet

This is a sea change in philosophy. What the NCAA has called pro for 100 years they are now adopting. Why?

 

Is it the threat of unionization? Did the Northwestern players' lawsuit go bad for the NCAA? Does the NCAA think they don't have a leg to stand on when they bring in billions per year and the labor of that equation gets near zero percent of that haul? ......

 

There are just so many unknowns as far as how this will affect every NCAA sport, not just hockey, once the proverbial genie is out of the bottle.

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minor life

I have spoken to 4 AD's who are saying the will add a stipend in 2015. The NCAA and all sports could be changing in a dramatic way over the next 12 to 24 months.

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