Send lawyers, guns and money.

Life is good when you don’t have to pay the help much.

The costs of doing business for the NCAA continue to increase. NCAA president Mark Emmert received approximately $1.8 million in compensation during the 2013 calendar year, and the NCAA’s legal fees rose 59 percent to $13.8 million, according to the association’s latest federal tax return released Tuesday. Emmert made about $100,000 more in 2013 than the previous year. He had a base salary of $1,365,298, received $201,127 in other reportable compensation, and was credited with $235,700 in retirement/deferred payment that he can receive in 2017… … Like many coaches and athletic directors, salaries continue to increase for NCAA administrators. In 2007, the NCAA reported spending almost $6 million to compensate 14 of its highest-ranking executives. In 2013, the NCAA’s 14 highest-ranking officials totaled $8.5 million.  [Emphasis added.]

They’re worth every penny.  Just ask ’em. And the legal bills?  They’re for a noble cause.  Even the usually close-mouthed Stacey Osburn is on board with that story.

The NCAA’s legal expenses rose to $13.8 million in 2013-14 as the association fights a number of lawsuits, up from $8.7 million the previous year. As recently as 2010-11, the legal costs were $4.1 million. The increase is because the NCAA “continues to defend its mission and core values,” NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said.

Given the pay bumps, I’d say the lawyers are doing their jobs.

In ‘Murica, freedom isn’t free.  Neither is amateurism.

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17 responses to “Send lawyers, guns and money.

  1. This is infuriating! Ridiculous! Let’s demand accountability.. When will these Greedy Bastards be satisfied?

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  2. The NCAA is very much a British Colonial model.

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    13.8 million dollars? For WHAT? They’ve lost everything they contest.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      The $13.8M is for delaying the inevitable.

      Each year they drag it out is another $8.5M-plus in the pocket of the NCAA execs.

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  4. Athens Dog

    “Student athletes”.

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  5. Marc

    Please make every blog post a title of a Warren Zevon song.

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  6. Milton Waddams

    And yet many of us continue to give them hundreds (or thousands) of dollars every year. I guess it doesn’t bother us too much.

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    • I don’t know about you, but my donations go directly to the UGA Hartman Fund, not the NCAA. The NCAA makes the bulk of their revenue off the broadcasting rights to the basketball tournament.

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      • Milton Waddams

        That’s like being a Falcons season ticket holder and saying that you give your money to the Falcons and not the NFL. It’s all part of the same system. The NCAA is made up of representatives from the schools (ADs and presidents) and the administrators & lawyers referred to here.

        If this kind of stuff really bothered people, they would put their money where their mouth is.

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  7. Mayor

    Honestly, they ought to take the attorney’s fees out of Emmert’s salary and the other top executives’ salaries at the NCAA. Those guys got the NCAA into trouble and should have to pay for what they did.

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  8. 69Dawg

    This is truly the touchstone of a great bureaucracy. They are spending money in order to keep their money coming for as long as possible. The last thing they are doing is defending amateurism. They know and so do the member institutions that the longer they can drag it out the more money they can receive. I can only hope the damages the court eventually award will finish the NCAA off.

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    • Dog in Fla

      “the more money they can receive.”

      Then they’ll be able to get the antitrust exemption as soon as the Republicans put a stranglehold on all three branches of government. I think we’ve got a frontrunner

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