Andy Schwarz is a partner at OSKR, an economic consulting firm specializing in expert witness testimony, where he focuses on antitrust and class actions across a wide variety of industries, including sports. Notably, Mr. Schwarz was the case manager for the NFL’s economic expert in L.A. Raiders v. NFL and for Plaintiffs’ economic experts in O’Bannon v. NCAA. Schwarz has testified to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce and served on a U.S. Congressional panel on college sports. Schwarz has been featured on ESPN, in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and USA Today. He is a frequent contributor to Deadspin and has written for Vice Sports, Slate, FiveThirtyEight, Forbes, and ESPN.com.
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In this paper, Schwartz outlines the top myths associated with paying college sports – and why they don’t hold up.
Andy Schwarz has proposed a business plan to pay student athletes at HBCUs.
Current claims that college sports are losing money and that athletic programs are financially unsustainable are false, and are part of a century-old legacy of college athletics’ vested interest in seeming poor.
Andy Schwarz explains why the NCAA is not only morally indefensible but economically ludicrous.
Challenges claims that the money in college sports flows from fan interest and loyalty to their favorite schools and not from the performance of star athletes whose fair market value is negligible.
A rebuttal to claims that preserving college sports amateurism by refusing to pay college athletes promotes academic values.
Paying student-athletes would not drive away fans, destroy competition, bankrupt college athletic departments or violate Title IX.
Denying payment of college athletes, most of whom have low prospects of turning professional and whose efforts on the field and on the court generate revenue for everyone but themselves, is akin to treating them like indentured servants.