Reclaiming their image: College athletes sue NCAA for cut of profits

By Paul Abowd, Al Jazeera- Darius Robinson is working on his image. He recently had a sleeve on his right arm finished at his favorite tattoo parlor near his alma mater, Clemson University, in South Carolina. But until recently — when Robinson graduated and finished his college football career — his image was not entirely his own. In order to receive a scholarship to play defensive back for the Tigers, Robinson said, he had to sign away his right to profit from his name, image or likeness. That stipulation is part of the guidelines for amateur athletes set forth by the NCAA. “I saw the rules that were presented in the NCAA handbook saying since I was a student-athlete, I couldn’t promote anything other than my university,” he said. While Robinson was barred from profiting on his football career, the NCAA was raking in money. Its revenue has spiked 300 percent since...

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