7 p.m. - Sandstone Three, Strosacker Hall
Featuring a panel discussion with executives of a new league aiming to revolutionize the financial model of college athletics.

Conversations in Sport: Amateurism and Paying College Athletes

January 25, 2018

6:30 p.m. - Doors openHistorical Basketball League logo
7 p.m. - Panel begins with Q&A immediately following

Sandstone Three, Strosacker Hall

The Baldwin Wallace University School of Health, Physical Education, and Sport Sciences (HPESS) presents a conversation on amateurism and paying college athletes with the founding executive leaders of the new Historical Basketball League (HBL), which aims to operate outside of the NCAA-controlled varsity athletics system and compensate its players.

The panel discussion will delve into the thinking behind the formation of this pay-for-play league. A Q&A session will allow community members to question HBL's Andy Schwarz, chief strategist; Ralph Greene, chief marketing and licensing officer; and Ricky Volante, chief executive officer.

The HBL is a college basketball league that intends to begin play in the summer of 2019 with teams comprised of students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The HBL is committed to the idea that high-quality basketball played by full-time college students is an appealing commercial product that also provides tremendous educational opportunity to athletes. In contrast with other college sports associations, the HBL is strongly opposed to the concept of "amateurism" and intends to pay athletes with a salary in addition to a scholarship.

Free and open to the public. Please register online.

This event is part of BW’s newly launched "Conversations in Sport" speaker series which engages national and international experts to discuss current issues that shape the modern sport industry and the impact sport has on society. The series aims to create a platform for community dialogue between academics and practitioners in the fields of athletic training, coaching, exercise science, recreation and sport management, and serves as a companion to the BW curriculum.