President Biden’s nominee for deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made nearly millions at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) while arguing against paying college athletes.
Donald Remy made $1.8 million in salary over two years as the NCAA’s chief legal officer, according to his financial disclosure forms. Remy is also slated to receive between $1 million and $5 million over the next three years as part of a severance package from the NCAA.
Before Biden nominated Remy for the VA’s number two spot in April, the lawyer defended the NCAA’s restrictive limits on compensation for student-athletes as they rake in cash for their schools, programs, and the networks broadcasting the games.
“This union-backed attempt to turn student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an education,” Remy wrote in response to a union proposal by student-athletes in 2020.
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“Student-athletes are not employees, and their participation in college sports is voluntary,” Remy continued. “We stand for all student-athletes, not just those the unions want to professionalize.”
“Student-athletes are not employees within any definition of the National Labor Relations Act or the Fair Labor Standards Act,” he added. “We are confident the National Labor Relations Board will find in our favor, as there is no right to organize student-athletes.”
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