Graduation Date

Fall 12-17-2021

Grading Professor

Lenn Robbins

Subject Concentration

Arts & Culture

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Just when college athletes were beginning to see progress with landmark NIL legislation, a new threat emerged in college athletics. After years of fighting for the right to earn compensation from their athletics talents, more college teams than ever before are being eliminated due to budget concerns with universities and athletic departments.

This has been further amplified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of revenue from shutdowns and cancellations in 2020. Athletes in non-revenue earning sports account for well over 90% of all NIL and they are now at risk of losing the opportunity to compete and earn scholarships for their sport during a period which was thought to be the most lucrative time to be a college athlete.


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