Improper Financial Benefit? Hogwash

Pay-to-play junior hockey programs have all but criminalized the practice of allowing some players to play for free on the back of others that are paying the full fee. The practice is perceived to have a negative impact on a player’s eligibility to participate in National Collegiate Athletic Association programs.

Unlike other clear violations of the many NCAA eligibility standards, the section related to Improper Financial Benefits is very vague and subject to interpretation. Clearly a gift of $100,000 in cash would be considered improper, but I have to question if being permitted to play for free is. Let me explain.

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