Good sports often make bad law.

For those of you who wonder why the NCAA doesn’t get sued more often with constitutional claims, here you go:

… Other athletic associations and newspaper groups are closely watching the outcome of the Wisconsin case, with a decision one way or the other possibly prompting litigation elsewhere.

It’s not likely that college sports will be greatly affected.

The NCAA, which many state associations try to closely mirror, was ruled a private entity by the U.S. Supreme Court nearly 25 years ago in a case involving then-UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, who sued the association, claiming it had tried to drive him out of basketball.

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5 responses to “Good sports often make bad law.

  1. hodgie

    I don’t understand how it can be private if it is comrised of public institutions. Can someone explain that?

  2. 69Dawg

    Yea public entities can be part of a private association. The problem with the NCAA is that it has become like the UN, you have a few big schools footing the bill for the organization but the little schools have more votes. It’s time for the big boys to form their own association and let the NCAA become a bigger version of the NAIA.

  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    Somebody refresh my storage device….when Oklahoma and Georgia (and others) formed the CFA, what did the NCAA do? Did the two aforementioned parties sue the NCAA?