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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 30, 2014 at 6:04 AM

NCAA athletes’ union: No debate on how to classify Division I athletes

No good deed goes unpunished. Not all NCAA athletes should be treated equally [“Mark Emmert on NCAA athletes unionizing,” Opinion, April 24].

Big money and big media have ensured that the student athletes of Division I football and basketball should be treated as separate and distinct from all other NCAA sports.

The NCAA is fundamentally incorrect in attempting to keep these sports classified as amateur. That train left that station decades ago.

While the NCAA needs to be applauded and encouraged to continue to improve the lives of the student athletes, a seismic shift needs to take place for football and basketball that the NCAA appears to be unwilling to take absent legal confrontation.

Eric Sirkin, Seattle

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