CAMPUS CALL: ENDORSEMENT MONEY
Each week, ESPN.com surveys the student-athletes on our panel to see how they feel about a topic that directly affects collegiate life.
Should athletes be able to take endorsement money from a noncollegiate sport and retain eligibility in another?
"Absolutely. Why not? It is not illegal for a kid on a academic scholarship to only study -- he is allowed to work and it is a good thing if he can get paid doing work he wants to do when he is done with college."
-- Sam Hazewinkel, Oklahoma wrestling
"No, I do not think they should be able to retain their eligibility if they receive endorsement money in another sport. They are still considered to be amateur athletes, therefore endorsements and special privileges are against the NCAA rules. College is merely four years; if you are that talented, the endorsements will be there once you graduate."
-- Cori Alexander, Portland women's soccer
"I definitely think that athletes should be able to take endorsements from a noncollegiate sport and still be eligible to participate in an NCAA-sanctioned sport. This is because receiving money from a noncollegiate sport is very similar to having a job, and the NCAA should not be able to regulate an outside source of income for its athletes. After all, some athletes depend on an outside source of income in order to support themselves while they receive their education."
-- Tyler Henley, Rice baseball
"I don't think this should be possible in college athletics. If you receive money in any sport, then you should be considered a professional and thus forfeit your eligibility. If this is allowed to happen, I think it could become a huge problem."
-- Chase Wileman, SMU men's soccer
"I think so. This allows the athlete to pursue another sport he or she is passionate about. While the athlete could still pursue a different sport without endorsements, the money from endorsements assists with the costs of travel, training and equipment, almost like scholarships for noncollegiate sports. I think being a multisport athlete is valuable, making someone a superior competitor overall, and allowing for endorsements in noncollegiate sports would permit the small number of NCAA athletes to pursue their other athletic talents as well."
-- Meghan Murphy, Notre Dame women's lacrosse
"I think athletes should be able to take endorsement money from a noncollegiate sport and retain their eligibility in another. As long as the activities pertain to different sports, I dont believe an athlete should be held down to only one of the sports. Athletes like Jeremy Bloom should be praised for their ability to balance and succeed in two different athletic concentrations."
-- Mike Leveille, Syracuse men's lacrosse
"Athletes should avoid taking endorsement money from a noncollegiate sport. College allows for athletes to enjoy the sport they love without worrying about all the other factors that come with being a professional athlete. If you think about it, as a scholarship athlete, you are already getting paid to play the sport you love. They should avoid the endorsement money and that will allow college athletes and professional athletes to remain separate."
-- Jessie Vetter, Wisconsin women's hockey