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Below's a link to a Sports Law Blog article that seems to imply that prize money received from a sports's national governing body is considered part of Operation Gold.  It stated that Missy Franklin could accept $100,000 for the gold medals she won at the 2012 Olympics.  The article further indicated that $25,000 of  that was from the USOC and $75,000 was from USA Swimming.

 

http://sports-law.blogspot.com/2012/08/why-missy-franklin-retains-her-ncaa.html

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No, the ruling made perfect sense. Money for a particular sport you're able to distinguish but money for endorsements are tied to the individual and can't be separated for different activities.

 

That may be true in some cases, but I don't think it was in Bloom's case.  Colorado's compliance office believed that Bloom's endorsement deals were related to his prowess as a skier, not an NCAA football player.  In fact, assistant compliance director, Sherri McKelvey, pointed out that "[bloom] has had these offers before he even set foot on campus, before he’s caught his first football at [the University of Colorado]—even in practice."  

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That may be true in some cases, but I don't think it was in Bloom's case.  Colorado's compliance office believed that Bloom's endorsement deals were related to his prowess as a skier, not an NCAA football player.  In fact, assistant compliance director, Sherri McKelvey, pointed out that "[bloom] has had these offers before he even set foot on campus, before he’s caught his first football at [the University of Colorado]—even in practice."

 

Of course. I don't doubt that was true. The rules have always been that way. Compliance was merely throwing a hail Mary pass. Everyone knew how it would be decided.

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Below's a link to a Sports Law Blog article that seems to imply that prize money received from a sports's national governing body is considered part of Operation Gold.  It stated that Missy Franklin could accept $100,000 for the gold medals she won at the 2012 Olympics.  The article further indicated that $25,000 of  that was from the USOC and $75,000 was from USA Swimming.

 

http://sports-law.blogspot.com/2012/08/why-missy-franklin-retains-her-ncaa.html

Very interesting. This makes me think winning 250K from the olympics will be easier to get past the NCAA than 50K from the world championships.  Hopefully they will be able to use the exception to get both through.  However, if you do look at USA Swimming website, their 75K bonus is listed specifically as part of the "Operation Gold" program.  There is no mention of operation gold on the living the dream medal fund page, although the USOC is listed as a sponsor.  

 

Anyway, JB is right that we won't know the answer to this until 2016 when he re-enrolls (assuming he hasn't accepted the check yet and is deferring the payments).  

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how is this different that dietchler from minnesota...

 

Going off memory here but I think the prize money he won was for from the US Open. He accepted the money knowing he wouldn't be eligible in college. But since he didn't plan to wrestle in college he accepted the money and went pro.

 

After a year or or two of senior level wrestling he decided he wanted to wrestle in college and sought his eligibility. He enrolled at Minnesota knowing he didn't have eligibility and the school began working to find a resolution to get his eligibility reinstated.

 

The NCAA then allowed him to have his eligibility reinstated if he paid back the prize money. But he was also docked one year of eligibility for his time as a professional athlete.

 

It should be noted that taking eligibility away from international athletes for their time on their own country's national team is common. I believe that was the reason Ugi at The Citadel only had three years eligibility. The NCAA allows for more leeway with Americans competing for team USA so we don't see athlete's losing eligibility for international competition too often.

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