I don’t know about you, but I get a little 2021 thrill every time I see a stat like this.
Daily Archives: January 9, 2021
If you think you had a bad day yesterday, just think what it must have been like around NCAA headquarters.
The Justice Department’s antitrust division leader sent a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert on Friday that expresses strong concerns about the association’s direction on rules regarding athletes’ ability to transfer and to make money from the use of their names, images and likenesses.
Proposed changes in both areas are scheduled to be on the agenda of Monday’s meeting of the Division I Council and Thursday’s meeting of the Division I Board of Directors.
But in the letter — a copy of which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports — Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim says one part of the NCAA’s prospective approach to regulating athletes’ involvement in name, image and likeness deals “may raise concerns under the antitrust laws.”
If you’re running a cartel, those are seven simple words you never want to hear. And this isn’t going to make things any cheerier:
More generally addressing other rules that will remain in place, he wrote: “Ultimately, the antitrust laws demand that college athletes, like everyone else in our free market economy, benefit appropriately from competition.”
Basically, all three branches of the federal government, plus a number of states, are telling the NCAA and schools to get off their collective asses and do the right thing. Here’s guessing they won’t until it’s too late.
There is so much to unpack from this one tweet, it approaches the density of a dwarf star.
Somehow, though, he manages to top it with this:
But of course.
Wow, I never thought I’d see the day Georgia’s athletic department would take the simple step of defending itself in public.
In reaction to the unfounded rumor, McGarity would have offered a two-scholarship reduction to the NCAA. Maybe we are witnessing a changing of the guard. Salut, Josh Brooks!