“This NCAA price-fixing is counter to America’s economic principles of free enterprise.”

I wonder how Mark Emmert’s blood pressure is doing.

NCAA executives met with the Justice Department’s antitrust chief in November to discuss the association’s plan to change its rules that prevent student-athletes from profiting on their names, according to people familiar with the matter.

Several officials, including the NCAA’s chief lawyer, Donald Remy, met with Makan Delrahim to explain the organization’s views on the issue and its thinking on changes it is considering, said the people, who declined to be named because the conversation was deemed confidential. Delrahim, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, meanwhile, told the NCAA that the antitrust division is following the issue, the people added.

The meeting highlights the mounting political pressure the NCAA is facing to change a system that critics have argued is unfair or even akin to price fixing, putting it in potential violation of federal antitrust laws.

“Following the issue”?  What does that mean?

At Notre Dame, Delrahim called amateurism a “laudable goal,” but said it in of itself “does not grant antitrust immunity, and rules designed to promote amateurism need to be carefully tailored so they don’t unreasonably limit competition.”



Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

9 responses to ““This NCAA price-fixing is counter to America’s economic principles of free enterprise.”

  1. Former Fan

    It is interesting how soft words can still bring the force of a hammer.


  2. Bright Idea

    It may be time to admit that nothing is “amateur” anymore. It could be argued that not even high school sports are.


  3. Mayor

    I wish we could just ditch the NCAA and either just have the conferences run things or form another organization altogether. That was proven to work more than 30 years ago with the old CFA. The NCAA has too much baggage and its leadership will always be trying to take advantage because they have gotten away with it in so many ways for so long. Pardon the metaphor but trying to reform the NCAA would be a bit like trying to reform the Nazi Party. Just ban the assholes and start over with non-corrupt people.


    • 79Dawg

      Your comment evidences the success the schools and conferences have had in making the NCAA their “whipping boy”! Not once do you place any blame at the feet of the schools, but who do you think the members of the NCAA are? The schools could withdraw from the NCAA tomorrow if they wanted to scrap the amateurism facade (or better yet, a majority could vote to change the NCAA rules), but the fact of the matter is if they did so, it would be their fannies in the fire, rather than the NCAAs…. The NCAA is not the bad guy (although it is being set up as the “fall guy”), it is the very college and conference administrators who are fine with the status quo of the amateurism facade and likely will be for as long as they can drag it out and keep things together, even if only by a thread…


  4. Tronan

    The NCAA is rotten and always has been. It was designed that way. With the de facto professionalization of high level college sports (especially football and basketball), its cover has been blown.

    The NCAA is a cartel comprised of its member universities. The parent organization serves as a convenient lightning rod to deflect attention from the individual schools who have agreed on the existing system to further their economic interests. The purpose of the organization has always been to make sure as much of sporting proceeds as possible go to the schools and as little as possible to anyone else. The formal justifications the NCAA cites for its existence are transparently hypocritical and more often flat-out lies. Its commitment to academics and athletes’ safety is negligible at best. Its definition of amateurism is, in short, “All the money – real or potential – belongs to us.” (Hence its extreme reluctance to allow players even NIL rights that literally everyone else on campus enjoys.) Its enforcement powers are an attempt to limit schools gaming the system internally, but if the subject of an investigation says “Go sit on it and spin,” and/or is a moneymaking program, penalties are almost always nonexistent to laughable. It’s well past time for this fraud of an organization – and the ideas that have animated it – to disappear.


  5. ASEF

    The NCAA is the SEC, B1G, ACC…. The conferences are not taking marching orders from the NCAA. The NCAA is taking marching orders from the conferences.

    Yes, schools and conferences can yell about individual infractions cases and the like, and yes, the day to day bureaucracy of the NCAA resembles a bunch of blindfolded kindergartners playing pinata.

    But in big issues like this, the marching orders come directly from the biggest conferences.


  6. TimberRidgeDawg

    Athletes should not be restricted from profiting from their names.

    Beyond that…

    There is a direct correlation of that profitability to the school that provides the opportunity and I would argue that in many cases the name of the specific school is more important than the name of the player. A kid playing for Ohio State or Texas has an inherently larger audience than if he were performing for Miss St or Wake Forest. In a sport where the NCAA attempts, poorly, to create the facade of a level playing field, does potential off field earnings potential simply allow the gulf between the haves and have nots to expand as the highly recruited players attend schools that are capable of maximizing the name value through large fan bases and national recognition and historical success.

    It seems the highly recruited kids are already doing this to a degree regardless if the schools at the top of the recruiting and polls are indicators so perhaps the point is moot and the ability to earn additional money as the starting QB at UGA vs Wake Forest is simply the cherry on top.


  7. Russ

    Did anyone hear the Freudian slip from one of the announcers (Herbie, maybe?) when they said “the coach and his employees…er players” the other night? Pretty funny.


  8. Cosmic Dawg

    Why is amateurism a laudable goal?