USGA changes rule to allow Wie and other amatuers to accept expense money: Do yo think the tournament sponsors and the PGA had any influence on the USGA? LOL. Very sad.
posted by panteeze to golf at 11:04 AM - 8 comments
A loophole to drive a golf cart through. "Expense money". Good one. Well, at least the charade that is "amateur status" can just be dropped. Bring on the multi-millionaire high school golfers!
posted by worldcup2002 at 01:04 PM on August 27
Sure - if they're responsible for the increased TV audiences, etc. I see no reason to deny monetary benefit to their specific abilities because of age. Why is it OK for child actors, but not sportsmen? Better than being paid under the table in an illegal atmosphere.
posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 05:41 PM on August 27
Agreed...why should everybody but the athlete performing get rich? I say let them collect the prize if they win and put it in a trust untill they are 18 years old.
posted by tdheiland at 06:40 PM on August 27
if Wie and company accept the "expense money" would they still be eligible to compete in the college?
posted by goddam at 06:58 PM on August 27
panteeze - Why is this sad? goddam - My understanding is, no. Nobody has tougher (i.e. stupider) rules on amateur status than the NCAA.
posted by Amateur at 08:51 PM on August 27
I think when you said 'stupider' what you meant was 'more hypocritical'.
posted by tieguy at 09:20 PM on August 27
Freddie Adu just turned 16, there've been plenty of under 18s in professional football outside the US (Rooney, Owen, Fabregas come to mind). NCAA = bunch of hypocritical monkeys.
posted by billsaysthis at 09:57 PM on August 27
Heck, look at all the problems with gambling and other things with the NCAA. It's about time these guys and gals get some sort of restitution for what they do. College fottball players spend a LOT of time playing, and they can't even have a part-time job...ridiculous!
posted by supersly26 at 12:12 PM on August 28
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