Compliance Question Of The Week
So what about professional events? Can we take our team to pro games?
An institution or any representative of its athletics interests may not purchase or otherwise obtain tickets to a professional sports event and make these tickets available to student-athletes enrolled in an NCAA member institution. Such a gift of tickets would represent an unacceptable extra benefit. (See Bylaw 220.127.116.11 for permissible provision of professional sports tickets as team entertainment related to an away-from-home contest.)
And this is a good time to remind everyone generally about Team Entertainment:
16.7 TEAM ENTERTAINMENT
16.7.1 Away-from-Home Contests and Vacation Periods.
The institution may pay the actual costs (but may not provide cash) for reasonable entertainment that takes place within a 100-mile radius of where a team
plays or practices in connection with an away-from-home contest or en route to or from such a contest. In addition, an institution may pay the actual costs (but may not provide cash) for reasonable entertainment that takes place within a 30-mile radius of the institution's campus or practice site during vacation periods when the team is
required to reside on campus (or at a practice site normally used by the institution) and classes are not in session.
18.104.22.168 Professional Sports Tickets. Complimentary tickets to professional sports contests shall not be provided to student-athletes, unless the tickets are provided by the institution (or by a representative of athletics interests through the institution) for entertainment purposes to student-athletes involved in an away-from-home
contest. Under the latter circumstances, the institution may pay actual costs for reasonable entertainment that takes place during a team trip.
16.7.2 Movies in Conjunction with a Home Contest.
The institution may rent a film or movie, provide pay-per-view movies in the student-athletes' hotel rooms or take its intercollegiate team to the movies the night
before a home contest without the film or movie being considered an extra benefit.