AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A federal judge recently ruled that Northwestern University football players couldn’t form a union, but the NCAA is facing more challenges to its longstanding policy of not letting schools pay athletes like they’re professionals.
The NCAA implemented new rules regarding what student athletes can receive in resources in January. The University of Massachusetts implemented the new cost of attendance benefits within their financial aid agreements; that’s to give student athletes what it cost to attend the university.
UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford told 22News that student athletes should have the cost of attendance covered because they don’t always have the same work opportunities dedicating their time to their sport, but he does not believe they should be paid.
“I think if you get into paying student athletes at this level you’ll see a lot of schools, including the University of Massachusetts, get out of the athletic enterprise at this level and I don’t think it’s a good thing,” said Bamford.
The total cost to attend UMass is $2,400, they had provided $800 for books and supplies and now they can give a student athlete up to $1600 in cash for living expenses.