Did you think I was gonna say Paradise there?
There’s so much stuff swirling around the NCAA and college athletics at this moment that it’s just easier to bullet point the suckers:
- The Northwestern players cast their votes for unionization today.
- But those ballots are going to be sealed for a while because yesterday the NLRB voted to hear Northwestern’s appeal of the Regional Director’s ruling. As Andy Staples notes, the NLRB vote is a much bigger deal than what Northwestern’s players do.
- Meanwhile, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors gave its blessing to the restructuring of how the division is governed. But, as the chair of the board noted, “The model we sent to the membership today is not a final product.” The proposal has to go to a final vote in August, and while some areas like full cost of attendance scholarships, continuing education and medical care, insurance and the ability to pay for expenses for family members on trips have been green-lighted for big school autonomy, other categories of autonomy sought by the Big Five were tabled for discussion by the board. And they haven’t fleshed out the voting process yet. So here’s something the NCAA has struggled with for two years and is still an unfinished product. Does it seem like it’s a little rushed? Gee, I wonder why.
- Meanwhile, the branding continues. Will a football game be scheduled in Mexico City before the NCAA gets its final act together on governance?