Institute for Sports Law offers analysis of player recruitment scandal

A new report from the Institute for Sports Law, Policy and Research in Penn State's Dickinson School of Law examines the effects of a recruitment scandal involving a college basketball player and the reforms needed to reduce exploitation of student-athletes.

"Exploiting Kids: The Scandal in Agent Recruiting of Athletically-Gifted Teens" details the conflicting pressures on O.J. Mayo, a young athlete of professional basketball promise who played collegiate basketball for one year before his NBA career. Published today on the Institute's Web site, the analysis details the potential liability under state and federal law of individuals and organizations that may have exploited Mayo before and during his collegiate career. The authors suggest reforms to the NCAA Rules that would reduce exploitation of young athletes.

“The whole process of recruitment of talented student-athletes by agents in the shadow of NCAA rules creates many opportunities for young men to be exploited by adults seeking their own financial gain and often leads to unwise decisions on agent selection at critical points in young careers,” said Stephen Ross, law professor at Penn State and one of the paper’s authors.
The analysis was co-authored with Raynell Brown, associate director of student services at Penn State Law and licensed National Basketball Players Association agent, and Penn State law student Douglas Webster.
The Penn State Law Institute for Sports Law, Policy, and Research promotes dialogue between sports scholars and the sports industry and serves as resource for journalists, lawyers and others connected to sports and public policy.


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Last Updated July 22, 2015