It’s for their own good.

This is Mark Emmert’s just desserts for sitting on his hands.

The most recent congressional proposal to reshape college sports aims to go far beyond codifying a college athlete’s ability to earn endorsement money.

The College Athlete Bill of Rights, proposed Thursday by co-authors Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., would create sweeping changes for college sports, including provisions that would force some schools to share revenue with some of their athletes, guarantee lifetime scholarships to athletes in good academic standing, establish health and safety rules enforced by hefty fines for violators, and set up a fund to cover some out-of-pocket medical expenses for current and former athletes.

The rules and requirements laid out in the bill would be enforced by a newly formed Commission on College Athletics, which would be run by nine board members who are appointed by the president of the United States. They would hire a staff to resolve disputes, suggest changes to rules and investigate wrongdoing with the power to subpoena witnesses. This group, which would receive $50 million in taxpayer funding for its first two years, would take on a lot of the work of policing college sports.

“This is one of the few industries in America that is allowed to exploit those who are responsible for generating most of the revenue,” Booker told ESPN. “I feel like the federal government has a role and responsibility that we’ve been shirking in terms of protecting athletes and ensuring their safety. I just really believe there is an urgency here that has not been met for decades and decades. We need to step up and do something about it.”

They are from the government and they are here to help.  And the NCAA, in the process of inviting the camel to stick its nose inside the tent, deserves every bit of unforeseen consequences it gets from its sheer obstinacy.

All this could have been avoided with some proactive effort, but when you’re a maximalist hammer, everything looks like an amateurism nail.  Enjoy reaping the whirlwind, fellas.


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

24 responses to “It’s for their own good.

  1. NotMyCrossToBear

    Government takeover of college athletics? They want a piece of that pie too.

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  2. Derek

    This would be a way to rid ourselves of Auburn.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Just spit balling, but what clause in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution permits that action by Congress? That used to matter. Ah, for the good old days.


  4. Got Cowdog

    25 million/year funded by taxpayers. It’s a drop in a bucket of course, but why do taxpayers have to fund this? I suppose it’s because there is no mechanism for the NCAA and it’s member institutions fund a Presidentially appointed board and well, somebody’s gotta pay for it, right?
    If the NCAA hasn’t already screwed up college athletics beyond repair I feel sure that a board of politicians will certainly finish the job.

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  5. TN Dawg

    I disagree.

    This was always coming, regardless of what the NCAA had done.

    You are wrong.


  6. classiccitycanine

    I’m all for a lot of those provisions, but I don’t want to spend $25 mil of taxpayer money on a new regulatory body. That sounds like a cure that is worse than the disease.

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  7. armydawg

    I would be real interested to see what involvement Sen. Tommy T. has in this and what his thoughts or input would be.


  8. “Athletes in sports that generate more revenue than the total amount of money that is spent on scholarships in that sport would be entitled to share 50% of the money left after scholarships are paid.”

    Are we talking gross revenue? In another paragraph, the article mentions “annual athletics revenue, which equates to tens of millions of dollars for Power 5 schools,” so I assume the intrepid U. S. Senators speak of gross revenue. Add that to income that would be available to athletes through endorsements, and it seems like we’re talking big, big money for those at the very top of the prism.

    Then, there’s this: “Athletes would be allowed to transfer schools without facing penalty.” Sweet! This means the schools will bring back the dudes who used to go up and down the aisles in Section 334 hawking programs, because in the Brave New World of college football, you won’t be able to tell the players without a program. Whatever jersey number Brock Vandagriff wears next season, let’s not get too familiar with it, because the year after next he’s liable to be gone to Alabama, where he can get a better endorsement deal. (Kind of like the Braves, who sign free agent Josh Donaldson one year, Marcell Ozuna the next.)

    But it’s all good, there’ll still be University of Georgia football, there’s still be talented athletes running up and down Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium on autumn Saturdays. It’ll be fun! I’ll probably not be spending my money to attend games anymore, but I’ll still occasionally watch on TV, with the same enthusiasm as I watch Falcons and Braves games now.


    • classiccitycanine

      Step away from the ledge. ESPN is going to ruin college football long before compensating athletes fairly for their money-printing exploits ruins it.


  9. Booker and Blumenthal – never let a crisis go to waste (or create one in this case)

    I hate the NCAA, but in this case, the cure is likely worse than the disease.

    NCAA, you are some kind of stupid for not fixing this when you had a chance.

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