These are words that should chill the souls of every school president and athletic director in the country:
“The high share of commercial revenue for some sports programs raises the questions of whether those programs have become side businesses for schools and, if they have, whether the same preferential tax preferences should apply to them as to schools in general.”
That’s something written by the director of the Congressional Budget Office. Not a crank, in other words.
If Washington wants to push D-1 schools around, it’s got plenty of leverage. It’s just a matter of political will, and there will be more of that if the playoff debate begins to center around economic fairness. How the schools respond will be the big question.