Beware of Reality TV.
In the January 20-26,2003 issue of Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal there was
an article on a new reality television show that will take a male and female winner and
have them tryout for an NBA or WNBA team. The show is a violation of the NCAA
amateurism legislation for all prospective and/or enrolled student-athletes to participate in
this reality show.
An Individual loses amateur states and thus shall not be eligible for
intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual:
a) Uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in
that sport;(Revised: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
b) Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following
completion of intercollegiate athletics participation.
c) Signs a contract of commitment of any kind to play professional athletics,
regardless of its legal enforceability or any consideration received;
d) Receives directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any
other from of financial assistance from a professional sports organization
based upon athletics skill or participation, expect as permitted by NCAA rules
e) Competes on any professional athletics team (per Bylaw 12.02.4), even if no
pay or remuneration for expenses was received;(revised: 4/25/02 effective
f) Subsequent to initial full-time collegiate enrollment, enters into a professional
draft. (see also Bylaw 184.108.40.206.1); or (Revised:4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
g) Enters into an agreement with an agent. (Adopted: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
The TV show or production company would be acting as an agent for the prospective/or-
enrolled student-athlete in trying to get a tryout with the NBA or WNBA. The
consequences for trying out for a professional team or entering into agreements with
A student athlete shall not be eligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport
if the individual takes or has taken pay, or has accepted the promise of pay in any
from, for participation in that sport, or if the individual has violated any of the
other regulations related to amateurism set forth in Bylaw 12.
Finally, to avoid losing the ability to compete by losing your eligibility, be aware
of the conditions of the TV show and the rules of that the NCAA has set
concerning your amateur status.