Extra Benefits & Preferential Treatment
What is an extra benefit? By NCAA definition, an extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institutionís athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative, coach or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.
Extra benefits for prospects are called offers or inducements and are prohibited. An institution's staff member or any representative of its athletics interests shall not be involved, directly or indirectly, in making arrangements for giving or offering to give any financial aid or other benefits to a prospect or to a prospect's relatives, coach or friends. Examples of impermissible extra benefits include but are not limited to:
- Cash or any type of gifts;
- Loans or cosigning of loans;
- Vehicle or the use of a vehicle;
- Payment for or arrangement of transportation costs;
- Free or reduced cost goods or services;
- Free or reduced cost housing;
- Concert or sporting event tickets; or
- Any item not expressly permitted under NCAA rules.
The University of Wisconsin is responsible for the actions of its boosters. If a booster provides an impermissible benefit to a prospect, a student-athlete, or their relatives or friends, the University of Wisconsin may be subject to penalties, even if the student-athlete has completed his or her eligibility. The prospect or student-athlete who accepts an impermissible benefit jeopardizes his or her eligibility for intercollegiate competition.
A student-athlete may not accept any preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual's athletics reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a professional athlete.