“But we know the appetite out there is strong to help college athletes.”

Once again proving that there is no better misleading political excuse than “do it for the children”, everyone’s favorite self-billed “college-sports watchdog group” proposes (1) Congress grant the NCAA an antitrust exemption so it can cap coaching salaries and control the days on which college football is broadcast; (2) giving the NCAA the power to issue subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify; (3) turning control of the college football postseason over to the NCAA; and (4) tougher academic standards for student-athletes.

C’mon, kids.  Don’t you want to help Mark Emmert to help schools’ reserve funds you?

Expect more and more of this bullshit the closer the NCAA gets to losing O’Bannon.

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12 responses to ““But we know the appetite out there is strong to help college athletes.”

  1. This is Bullshit. Sounds like the English in Ireland.

  2. sniffer

    Is that the same Drake Manziel plays with?

  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    So you pretty sure they gonna lose O’Bannon? (No snark)

  4. 1) Don’t take away my MACtion.
    2) I can understand this, and I don’t react viscerally when I read it like the others. If there needs to be oversight, they need the leverage to actually investigate and not just rely on people that are willing to cooperate.
    3) Oh, please, no. That will mean a 20-team tournament the instant it happens.
    4) Not gonna happen. What excuses would Notre Dame Stanford and Georgia Tech use?

  5. Debby Balcer

    Wish the politicians would focus on governing.

    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Some of them have a different idea about what that word means, in addition to their different ideas about most things.

  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Yep, coaches are gonna love the ncaa regulating salaries, just ask saban. So what happens if I’m a booster, subpoena’d by the ncaa, and don’t show?

  7. Gravidy

    What have those people been smoking?

  8. Procyon

    The real question: is the NCAA going to get a SWAT team?

  9. reipar

    I think it is the second part of the line that is even more troubling than capping coaching salaries:

    “with the authority to enforce Congressionally approved limits on coaching compensation and sports spending.”

    Congress is going to tell the schools how much they can spend on their sports programs? If so I assume we will need to set this limit very low to even the playing field for the schools that have less. Maybe they could implement a luxury tax on the programs that make “too much” money. :)