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This Comment examines the current state of pay-for-play arrangements between the universities and their athletes, and the restrictions and penalties imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The author explores the propriety of these sanctions in situations where the student athletes are defined as employees of their universities and argues that, if an athlete can be characterized as an employee, the NCAA sanctions would become vulnerable to both antitrust and equal protection attacks. Challenging the organization's authority and imposition of restrictions on student athletes, the author argues that students should be compensated well above the level provided for by financial aid and calls for greater accountability of the NCAA.

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