Title: International Prospective Student-Athletes and NCAA Division I amateurism

Authors: Anastasios Kaburakis

Addresses: School of HPER, Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University, 1025 E. 7th Str. – HPER 172, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

Abstract: This paper summarises a research stream dealing with the US system of amateur intercollegiate sport and its relation to International Prospective Student-Athletes (IPSAs). Crucial differences exist between the US |clear demarcation| of commercial pro sport and amateurism as applied by National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I (NCAA DI) on one hand, and the International club-based federalised structure, with more connections between professional and amateur clubs on the other. Thus, IPSAs, NCAA staff, and member institutions experience problems. As litigation has not resolved these challenges, regulatory evolution and policy recommendations are in order to achieve greater balance among NCAA DI membership.

Keywords: National Collegiate Athletic Association; NCAA; amateurism; professionalism; intercollegiate sport; USA; United States; international prospective student athletes; IPSAs; student athletes; international sport; governance; federalised model; club-based model; sport management; professionalisation threshold; sport commercialism.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSMM.2007.011393

International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 2007 Vol.2 No.1/2, pp.100 - 118

Published online: 30 Nov 2006 *

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