“There’s a clock ticking.”

On the eve of the NCAA board of governors adopting recommendations from an NIL working group, this deep dive into where things stand on the political front is a must read, if you’re interested.

If all you want is the tl;dr version, well, let’s just say that if this really is the current framing of things, the NCAA has royally screwed the pooch.

Sports Illustrated met with more than a dozen members of Congress this spring, many of them the primary drivers of this issue on Capitol Hill. While consensus is rare in Congress, legislators agree that sweeping athlete compensation reform is necessary. The debate in D.C. is two-pronged: (1) what a new athlete compensation framework should look like and (2) who should have control in formalizing such a system, the NCAA or Congress? In short, the future of athlete pay is in the controls of two of the most unpopular entities in the nation. [Emphasis added.]

Even more so, when you add in this:

Rep. Donna Shalala (D., Fla.) might have the most experience with the issue. Shalala was president at two major universities, Wisconsin and Miami. She has received a great deal of questions from Republican lawmakers who are SEC fans. While they want to be helpful, she says, they are both wary and ill-informed on NCAA matters. They agree, however, on one thing. “They have nothing but negative feelings about the NCAA,” she says.

Who says bipartisanship is dead?



Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

7 responses to ““There’s a clock ticking.”

  1. When both sides of the aisle hate you, no amount of lobbying is going to bail you out. You aren’t at the table … you’re on the table.

    I assume the smartest people in the room in Indianapolis believe they can get an antitrust exemption out of this to keep the cartel going. Color me surprised if that happens.


  2. Cynical Dawg

    I hope and pray that COVID-19 is the reset button we need for college football. Death to ESPN and Fox Sports. Death to the NCAA. Let the Power 5 conferences set themselves up as True College Football and set the rules to benefit themselves. Tell the G5 they are on their own, sink or swim on their own merit, no sharing TV or bowl money.

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  3. MGW

    If both parties agree you’re the bad guy in the year 2020, you either just blew something up, or you’re the NCAA.


  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    This has been mentioned here before, but Donna Shalala and Bruce Pearl are actually the same person. You never see them together do you?

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  5. The Georgia Way

    Rest assured, we are well-positioned for some bailout cash.



  6. chopdawg

    Very interesting article!…but, what it’s really saying is that nobody knows what’s going to happen, or when it’s going to happen.

    I’m hopeful of seeing something specific come out of the NCAA meetings this week.