Greetings Sports Fans,
I am Keith Anderson, a firm believer in "progressive economics"--which I define as: economics that benefits the whole while rewarding the leadership. If the coaches, broadcasters, marketers, venders, etc. (whom one may consider the "leadership") can have access to millions of dollars, then certainly it can be said that the players (who constitute the heart of the "whole") sweating it out on those fields and hard courts also deserve some of those economic rewards.
I may be wrong, but I do believe this is the FIRST organization of its kind: one solely dedicated to allowing fans and endorsement-seekers to pay all college athletes--especially regarding paying them equally according to popularity of sport and division.
Before I begin, I want it known that I manage this site and I'm NOT a professional Webmaster. I use older Web-publishing programs. So, you'll have to forgive the amateurism you see here on these pages. The MAIN thing is that the point is gotten across, isn't it? And that main point is that a few drops of the billions flowing through the veins of the NCAA should find its way into the hands of the workforce that gives it life--the players, who endure the practices, play the games, bear the bruises, draw the crowds, and who spur all the massive commerce connected with their athletic prowess.
IF THE NCAA COMMANDS
...AND COACHES CAN MAKE MILLIONS...
...WHY CAN'T PLAYERS MAKE THOUSANDS?!!!
The PCAA is presently an informal organization that's free to join. It advocates allowing fans to pay college athletes on an equal basis according to popularity of sport and division, division alone, gender, and/or all eligible college athletes in general. So, you could contribute your funds toward, for example, Men's Div. 1-A Football or Women's Div 3 Softball; all male athletes of Div 3, all female athletes of Div 2, and/or all male/female athletes of Div NAIA 1; or you could give to all male athletes in general, all female athletes, and/or all male/female college athletes of all divisions--the BIG GENERAL POT! The PCAA also supports the right of college athletes/teams to make endorsement deals so long as the payments are shared equally with all athletes of the agreed-upon sect or with all athletes in general.
The purpose of the PCAA is to accomplish these objectives via the establishment of a fund (Fan-sponsored College Athlete Payment Fund: FCAPF) that will receive all resulting donations and then disburse them to all applicable athletes. The FCAPF would be stored in and (at first) managed by a stable and reputable banking institution receiving a commission for said services. However, all incoming/outgoing funds would be under the surveillance of a 3rd (official PCAA) party. The ultimate technical objective is to eventually have all operations conducted electronically by computer program, with the said banking institution serving only as a host for all deposits, and with all payments being electronically disbursed to the athletes' bank accounts or some other electronic-payment account (PayPal, etc.).
The requirements for receiving FCAPF pay would be:
1) Be an athlete eligible for collegiate-player status
2) Maintain academic eligibility. (Self-explanatory.)
3) Obey the rules of the coaches, sport, college and the law. (Also self-explanatory.)
Developmental Plan: Circulate/Promote the survey form. Acquire enough survey responses from supporters to persuade the NCAA to voluntarily allow the FCAPF to operate. If the NCAA refuses to allow it, continue gathering supporters until enough are acquired to petition a court or even persuade Congress to mandate that fans and endorsed entities may use the FCAPF to pay athletes and that the athletes are allowed to accept such payments with no vulnerability to NCAA retaliation. (Also, click here to see how PCAA Leagues will be available to help raise funds.)
(Until the FCAPF is allowed to operate while the athletes are NCAA-eligible, a backup plan would be to pay the athletes in one lump sum after their eligibility has expired--with the requirement that they acquire at least a 2-year (Associate's) degree before payment is issued.)
(Still, another option would be to use the funds to provide capital to former athletes desiring to establish or grow a business that would benefit their communities or other needy areas. If you are a former college athlete and want PCAA funding for business start-up/expansion, complete the form here.)
Of course, there are those who would say: "OK. The fans and endorsement seekers paying the athletes, that's fine and dandy. But what about the NCAA's obligation? After all, they're making the big bucks off the athletes' backs."
To which I say: It's a much easier fight to get the powers that be to allow the people and companies to pay the athletes than it is to "conquer the beast" and make him pay his "servants." But the empowering thing about that is this: Where does the NCAA get its money from in the first place? The PEOPLE! And it is they who could dictate how much money flows into the hands of the power kings and how much materializes into the hands of the "labor class." So, if you want to feed the elite, then feed the elite. If you want to nourish the body, then feed the workers--and better stimulate the overall economy in the process as more money circulates throughout the masses.
But, if you think about it, a great advantage to the NCAA is that it would be forever freed from having to pay compensation to the athletes, and, thus, would never have to also risk enduring the process of collective bargaining. No threat of strikes or walk-offs with the FCAPF. You get exactly what the people choose to give you, no more, no less--and there is no plausible argument against that! After all, isn't that the purest essence of "market forces"--what the conservative sector keeps harping on?
If the PCAA
succeeds in its ultimate mission of
paying college athletes while they are still NCAA eligible:
The payment process will be as automated as possible via Web programming.
One possible method:
1) Fans and endorsed entities would be able to mail donations/payments to the fund or could donate/pay online.
2) At the beginning of the next year, all colleges would receive a bank-transfer lump payment for all their athletes involved, deduct processing fees, and then, at the end of the month, disburse checks and/or make direct deposits in equal amounts to the athletes according to the amount of fan donations and endorsement payments contributed to the athletes' particular sport and division.
3) While the funds that had been acquired for said next year are being paid, funds for the following year would be gathered.
All coaches (probably via their assistant) would be responsible for reporting the quantity and identity of players so that FCAPF payments would go to all individuals players involved. Coaches would also report any roster changes including terminations, suspensions, etc. Each month, the payments given to each athlete would be thusly adjusted according to the quantity of players eligible to receive them.
At the beginning of each year, pay for each athlete would be determined by the total quantity of eligible players combined reported by all coaches. This quantity would be divided into the total FCAPF pot accumulated for that year. It's then divided by 12 for the standard monthly payment. As indicated, payment amounts will be adjusted according to the quantity of eligible players. Payments denied to players facing disciplinary action, payments rejected by players, and payments retained because of player termination would simply go back into the pot to be equally distributed the next month among all remaining eligible players.
Any athletes objecting to the FCAPF process would be allowed to opt out of receiving payments.
Should the PCAA successfully enact the FCAPF, a percentage of all PCAA product sales will be contributed into a fund to pay all FCAPF athletes on an equal basis, wherein all such athletes would be paid the same, no matter their sport/division.
So...that's it! After lookin' over ever'thang, tell me whatcha think? I hope you see the justice in the cause and that you trust the process. Even if you don't like the idea, I hope you'll become active in some way to allow college athletes to get some just desserts--so that many of them won't have to "hock a few things" to be able to afford a late-night pizza.
Before I go...may as well give you explanation of the PCAA logo. See below.