Meanwhile, back at Congress – a bleg

This Arizona Daily Star editorial is fairly standard stock – college football is broken and is in need of reform, etc. – but there’s one little blurb tossed in there that made me sit up and pay attention.

… another congressional committee is examining whether to give college athletics an anti-trust exemption so universities can regulate coaching salaries.

That’s the first I’ve heard of that.  And that has the potential to be far bigger than anything Joe Barton is currently monkeying around with.  I’ve posted before that I think that’s the deal with the Devil that the big conferences would be more than willing to make:  the trade of a true national football playoff, with all the bells and whistles, in return for complete freedom to fix salaries and control the product without any further threat of antitrust violations.

But like I said, it’s the first I’ve heard of it.  Do any of you readers know anything about this, such as which committee is looking at this and who the congressional sponsors of it are?  I’d sure like to find out more about its future.


Filed under College Football, Political Wankery

2 responses to “Meanwhile, back at Congress – a bleg

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Besides which, coach compensation can easily be shifted to non-regulated entities like a booster club formed for the purpose, so these guys won’t be missing any Mercedes payments.


    • rbubp

      They’re already in non-regulated entities–athletic departments. Athletic departments are funded ticket sales/contracts/other outside revenues, and donors; the universities and NCAA have no say. Universities long ago set these things up to be separate entities from themselves so that they would never have to get into hot water for funding something so unrelated to their mission. (Think about four-year full-ride scholarships–how many students get that?)

      I don’t know how the NCAA could do this. They can regulate where money is spent to some degree but it’s hard to imagine how they could regulate how much.