10. MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR A BOOSTER TO OFFER MONEY TO COLLEGE ATHLETES.
By helping to train athletes' sights on the value of getting an education, the preceding proposals would, it is hoped, make it less tempting for them to grab illicit here-and-now rewards, such as under-the-table payments from boosters. As a last resort, however, federal legislation to curb such practices may be needed. Nobody wants governmental involvement in sports, but discouraging misguided adults from corrupting high school and college athletes by giving them money, make-believe jobs and other inducements in violation of NCAA rules is in the public interest. Free-spending boosters have gotten athletes suspended and schools put on probation, but they go unscathed because they're not violating any laws. That may have to change.
And, oh, yes, let's make more and better seats for games available to students. (Just in case you thought we forgot.) This might cost colleges some money, as would the elimination of freshman eligibility and the guaranteeing of scholarships. But it's a rule of life that you usually have to pay to get something in return. Especially something as valuable as esprit, character and goodwill.