According to the Associated Press, nearly 100 schools are challenging the NCAA’s plan to award student-athletes with a $2,000 stipend beyond athletic scholarships.
The stipend geared toward addressing the “full cost of attendance” is part of legislation that passed in October and may now be in jeopardy at the annual NCAA convention held in January. Ninety-seven schools have already signed the override measure.
The Division I vice president of governance David Berst told the AP that about 1,000 athletes have signed with schools in November. Those who were guaranteed the stipend would get it and those who were not, may not receive the money.
"I would hope we don't end up with that, but it could happen," Berst told The Associated Press. NCAA president Mark Emmert insists that the stipend is comparable to stipends that non-athletes receive in addition to their scholarships, contrary to the belief that it is a “pay-for-play” measure.