Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
Opinion: Settlements Prove NCAA Is Not Full of Idiots
by Tim Dahlberg July 2014
Two down, one big one to go. And with it a growing realization that maybe the people running the NCAA aren't the bumbling idiots everyone has been making them out to be. The NCAA's agreement Tuesday to create a $70 million fund to diagnose concussions and brain injuries does more than just give some former and current athletes a bit of peace of mind - if no real money. It also extricates the organization from another serious threat to its existence, one that could have potentially bankrupted it if everyone who ever suffered a concussion playing college sports were somehow able to cash in. Coupled with a $20 million settlement on a video games lawsuit announced on the eve of Ed O'Bannon's landmark trial in June, the NCAA not only deftly avoided two major threats, but did so relatively cheaply. Unlike the $765 million concussion settlement the NFL agreed to, the NCAA will not pay players for any damage caused to their brains and will not pay to treat them even if such damage is diagnosed.
Northwestern's Fitzgerald: Unionization Efforts 'a Positive'
by Andrew Seligman, The Associated Press July 2014
No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insists no team is more unified than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize.
Some Athletes Don't Use Scholarship Money as Intended
by Mark Smith, Assistant Sports Editor July 2014
It may surprise the casual fans that NCAA student-athletes receive checks, even if they aren't yet playing for pay. But they do. Dawn Martinez, assistant athletic director/compliance at the University of New Mexico, said student-athletes with full-ride scholarships will receive $9,340 for the coming school year if they stay in the dorms. She said off-campus student-athletes will receive $9,970.74. Those funds are divided into monthly checks during the fall and spring sessions.
How the TSSAA Saved Itself and High School Sports
by Stephen Hargis July 2014
When Bernard Childress took over as executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association five years ago the first thing he had to do was hark back to his days as a prep basketball coach. In sports terms, it was late in the game and Childress's team was so far behind that a monumental rally was needed. The TSSAA had been financially drained after defending itself against one of its member schools -- Brentwood Academy -- in a lawsuit that circulated through the judicial system for 10 years, twice reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. The football powerhouse never denied the recruiting violations it was accused of in 1997, but said that the penalty imposed by the TSSAA -- suspension from post-season play for two years and a $3,000 fine -- was too severe. After losing its appeal to the TSSAA, the school changed its argument, saying that its constitutional rights had been violated, and filed suit.
Conference USA Leaders: Stipends 'The Right Thing To Do'
by Harry Minium July 2014
IRVING, Texas | Conference USA has agreed to pay athletes in at least some sports the full cost of attending college, a decision that could cost schools, including Old Dominion, an average of $500,000 per year, league commissioner Britton Banowsky said. Speaking at C-USA football media day, Banowsky said conference presidents and athletic directors agreed during a retreat last year that providing the stipend "was the right thing to do."
Opinion: IHSA Protecting Its Financial Secrets
by Phil Kadner, email@example.com July 2014
Quasi-governmental organizations often perform what appear to be government functions but contend that they are exempt from the laws pertaining to government bodies. The Illinois High School Association is such an organization and is being sued by the Better Government Association, which wants to find out how it spends its money. The IHSA runs state athletic competitions, governs recruiting processes for schools, sets drug policies and generates millions of dollars each year from events involving primarily public schools.
Enforcement Director Defends NCAA's Track Record
by The Capital (Annapolis, MD) July 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won't catch every cheater in college sports. He still believes his team is getting the job done. Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the NCAA enforcement system overwhelmed and "broken," the NCAA's top cop fired back by defending his staff's work and acknowledging the impossible mission of policing more than 1,200 schools. Yes, sometimes, teams or schools might get away with breaking the rules for a while, Duncan said, but eventually most are caught.
Big 12's Bowlsby: Change Coming, 'Cheating Pays' Now
by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports July 2014
A few moments before taking the podium Monday for his annual state of the conference address, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby insisted he wouldn't be unleashing anything explosive. It was a reference to a year earlier, when Bowlsby issued a clear call for "transformative change" in the NCAA -- which now, with a vote next month to give the Power Five conferences the ability to provide athletes with unprecedented benefits, is on the verge of occurring. But while generally satisfied with the progress toward that change in the form of legislative autonomy, Bowlsby painted a bleak bigger picture of the future. "If you like intercollegiate athletics the way it is, you're going to hate it going forward," he said. "There's a lot of change coming."
ACC's Swofford Predicts Victory for Big Five Autonomy
by Mark Berman, firstname.lastname@example.org July 2014
The NCAA Division I board of directors will vote Aug. 7 on whether or not to grant the ACC and the other four power conferences autonomy to set some of their own rules regarding scholarships and other matters.
Congress Targets College Athletics Financial Transparency
by STEVE WISEMAN, email@example.com July 2014
On Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., represents an N.C. district that includes the full gamut of NCAA athletics. A large public school in UNC Chapel Hill, a small private school in Duke and a smaller public school in N.C. Central lie within Price's 4th Congressional district. Yet all compete in Division I athletics, which means all feel the financial pressures that come with trying to compete at the highest level of the NCAA.