The “Coalition to Save College Sports” – from what?

It sounds like Division 1 college athletics has hit upon its message to the federal government:  we’d love to fix every problem you see in college sports, but first you have to get that Jeffery Kessler fellow off our collective asses. And it sounds like at least somebody is sympathetic.

However, Moran said that getting the NCAA and its member schools to go along with the idea is critical.

“The NCAA has to buy into this,” he said. “It’s got to, or it’s not going to work. (A commission) will not be able to impose a list of reforms without NCAA concurrence.”

Moran also said that the prospect of granting some type of anti-trust protection to college sports “clearly has to be addressed. I don’t think you can ignore that – in return for some reform. That has to be part of the discussion.”

“AD’s and university presidents are very much of a mind that (creating a commission) is the right thing to do except for (those at) the few schools that control a substantial amount of the revenue” generated by college sports, Moran said.

Oh… you mean the ones that stand to profit the most from an antitrust exemption.

Yeah, this is going to end well.  Just remember to say you’re doing it for the kids, alright?

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13 responses to “The “Coalition to Save College Sports” – from what?

  1. Ant123

    I have thought all along that “some type of anti-trust protection to college sports” is the only workable solution at this point. Though I know you disagree.

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    • Monday Night Frotteur

      Solution to what? The “problem” that players might start receiving some of their market value? That’s only a problem if you’re an AD. To the rest of us that’s a feature, not a problem, of the successful antitrust suits. ADs suck.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    “In order to save the sport, we had to destroy it.”

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  3. Get a brain, moran.

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  4. JCDAWG83

    The only way to save college football, and athletics in general, from becoming nothing more than a JV version of pro sports is to bolster the academic requirements for scholarship athletes. If the NCAA mandated that all scholarship athletes had to have a minimum of 90% of their incoming freshman classes gpa and test scores, most of the issues in college sports would be solved. Non revenue sports already have higher requirements and you do not see the same problems you do in football and basketball.

    If that rule were put into place, the NFL and NBA would have to create a real farm system and stop relying on colleges to train and exhibit their future players.

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    • South FL Dawg

      Wouldn’t they just go to the schools with the lower admission requirements? Either way, I don’t see the schools that are bringing in the money just giving it up. If they were smart they would share a little bit and not have to deal with all this fallout.

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    • Monday Night Frotteur

      The cartel tried to do that once. The effect was to encourage more academic fraud. Where schools tried to play it straight it crushed the football programs at good schools (think about it; that type of rule creates a huge advantage for the dregs).

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  5. Lrgk9

    I’m here from the Government to give you all the help you can stand.

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  6. Mike Cooley

    Wu Tang is for the children.

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  7. Lemme get this straight. The NCAA needs a special exception that allows it to not have to obey the law like everybody else. Riiiight.

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  8. ASEF

    Isn’t this just govt protecting govt?

    Laws currently create a situation where state gov institutions, heavily subsidized by federal money, can get sued for huge amounts of cash. So, from a gov perspective, just change the law.

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