Bando Calrissian

June 13th, 2017 at 12:51 AM ^

From the NCAA rule book:

" Miscellaneous Benefits. [A] An institution may provide or arrange for the following benefits for a student-athlete:

     (b) Receipt of frequent flier points and/or miles earned while traveling to and from intercollegiate practice and/or competition;"


June 13th, 2017 at 10:03 AM ^

I would have thought this would actually be an impremissible benefit, but it is interesting that it is not in fact on that list. As an aside, even if it were, it would be amusing to watch a school attempt to skirt this by making the frequent flier miles generally available and distribute them throughout the student body. A fraction of a point per student for many years should at least get everyone to....oh, in Michigan's case, Flint Bishop maybe?


June 13th, 2017 at 8:18 PM ^

The airlines (and hotel companies, car rental companies, etc.) have crafted their programs with the intent that a 'point' (generic term across all loyalty programs) is neither owned nor transferrable* by the recipient.  The IRS has gone along with this, allowing people to keep the points earned on business travel, even when they're being reimbursed, without classifying them as income.  In general, companies / schools / etc. may not elect to 'keep' the miles because it's the point providers who decide how they're allocated.

The NCAA or school could prohibit athletes from collecting points, but they couldn't allocate them back to the school or to other students.

* except in conjunction with the terms of service, usually with limits and a massive fee

The Fugitive

June 12th, 2017 at 7:36 PM ^

Gotta make sure we cram all the games in ASAP so we can get that coveted conference tournament spot at MSG.


Delaney is so dumb.