“… I’m really grateful that the NCAA is willing to be part of this conversation.”

So, yesterday, Mark Emmert got to hang out with a couple of Senators who appear to be receptive to the concept of federal regulation of college athletes’ NIL rights.

Meanwhile, the guy who’s introduced legislation in the House to restrict the NCAA’s ability to prevent kids from getting paid, seemed none too pleased about the meeting.

He’s not happy.

Later, at an event here staged by the Aspen Institute, Walker said the NCAA has “refused” to arrange a meeting between him and Emmert, even though he has tried for one “multiple times.”

Walker added that he met with a lobbyist for the NCAA last winter and was immediately asked: “What do you think you’re trying to accomplish here?”

I wish he’d have given the guy the Auric Goldfinger response.

Anyway, if Emmert thought he would get a warmer take from the Senators, well, at least they sat down and talked.  I’m not sure how much comfort he can take from this quote from Mitt Romney, though.

Romney also said he was concerned about differing rules across states, adding “there probably needs to be some kind of national standard or series of guidelines, although at this stage I don’t know what those will look like, and … one of the areas of my personal interests is to see a way not just for the very top athletes to be able to take advantage of the name, image and likeness – which is appropriate – but also athletes that are in sports not quite as visible.”

Looks like it’s gonna be a fun dance for a while.


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

11 responses to ““… I’m really grateful that the NCAA is willing to be part of this conversation.”

  1. Tony Barnfart

    Why does an honor council among universities need a fucking lobbyist ? Isn’t the whole spirit of the idea that is the NCAA undermined if your governance is not willing to ebb and flow with the official voice of the public ?


  2. Cosmic Dawg

    The solution feels obvious,

    Repeal some or all of the exemptions on free competition for the professional leagues and treat student athletes EXACTLY like other students:

    They can get jobs.
    They can sign autographs or promote products for money.
    If a random stranger (booster) wants to help a student pay for college, it’s nobody else’s business. Same as other students.
    And the school does not pay athletes except via scholarship and the amenities that go with it.
    If a kid is able and prefers to make money in a developmental league, godspeed.

    The market, if allowed to work, would sort out their talents for any money they deserve beyond the value of the scholarship without some idiotic bureaucracy involved.

    The “flaw” is that it does not allow anyone to rig the system for personal gain. So it won’t happen.

    But a “problem” is not really a problem, and all the national handwringing and gnashing of teeth is just so disingenuous. Like so many issues, the answer is to stop granting special privileges to powerful Group X and maximize the role of individual choice and markets.


    • Charlottedawg

      This is the most obvious and common sense solution. This basically boils down to the NCAA and it’s member institutions wanting all the benefits of running a lucrative business AND enjoying benefits that no company in America gets to utilize, frankly abuse namely: A)collusion in order to avoid paying or competing for the services of its employees b) tax exemption for their profits.

      Every single justification of amateurism is a smoke screen and every “problem” is something that companies and employees handle (very efficiently I might add) via the labor market every day in our economy.


    • 4th & Kirby

      I have no problem with this. Treat athletes like every other student. BUT. Take their athletic scholarships away as well. Any scholarship they get would have to be earned through academics or some other non-athletic scholarship. Oh. And if they can’t make the SAT/ACT scores that normal students are required to score, they don’t get in.


  3. Bright Idea

    All either of these institutions know is a strong desire to regulate everything. The NCAA and Congress working together will be a sure train wreck.


  4. WNCDawg

    Is there any other groups more dysfunctional than the NCAA and Congress ?


  5. WarD Eagle

    My only complaint is that Romney thinks there needs to be a national standard.

    I say let the states battle to see who can give their citizens the most liberty.


  6. Bulldog Joe

    Deep State vs. Deep State

    “Let’s feign indignation, issue a press release, then plow through the expense account.”

    “Great! First round is on me.”


  7. Ben

    These assholes are gonna find a way to tax scholarships and student financial aid, aren’t they?