Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
Senators Grill NCAA's Emmert, Accomplish Little
by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports July 2014
Senate Commerce Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., began a hearing on college athletics Wednesday with vigor, skepticism and the promise that this is the start of a campaign of NCAA oversight.
School Board Member Decries Costs of VHSL Realignment
by Mike Connors July 2014
Chesapeake School Board member Tom Mercer voiced displeasure Monday night with recent alignment plans of the Virginia High School League, which oversees interscholastic sports in the state.
NCAA Recommends Limited Football Practice Contact
by Schuyler Dixon, The Associated Press July 2014
The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.
IHSA Takes Big Cut from Major Events Hosted by Schools
by CHRIS FUSCO AND LAUREN FITZPATRICK July 2014
The Illinois High School Association offers guarantees to schools on how much money they'll get to host playoff and championship events - whether they're tennis matches, where admission is free, or basketball games, where tickets are sold.
Illinois Lawmakers Call for Greater IHSA Transparency
by LAUREN FITZPATRICK and CHRIS FUSCO July 2014
The push comes as legislators and some school officials have questioned whether high schools should be getting a bigger share of the nearly $11 million the IHSA generates each year through ticket sales, sponsorship deals and other money-making aspects of high school sports.
N.Y. Governor Vows to Work to Keep Bills in Region
by Robert J. McCarthy; News Political Reporter July 2014
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will be "personally involved" in securing the future of the Buffalo Bills in Western New York, following the departure of two of his top aides.
NCAA Reopening 2011 Examination of UNC 'Irregularities'
by Harold Gutmann, The Herald Sun July 2014
The NCAA isn't done investigating UNC-Chapel Hill after all. UNC athletic director Bubba Cummingham said Monday that the NCAA is reopening its 2011 examination of "academic irregularities" at the school. "The NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff," Cunningham said in a statement. The NCAA concluded its initial investigation into academic misconduct and impermissible benefits involving the Tar Heels football program in 2012 and handed down penalties that included a one-year postseason ban.
Columnist: Losing Suit Might Help NCAA Find Ideals Again
by Ben Smith July 2014
This is how it comes apart, with measured words spoken softly in a court of law. The roar of collapsing monoliths may come later, but for now, this will do: Jim Delany on the stand, inadvertently revealing what the NCAA would be, were it not what it is. They put Delany on the griddle last week in Ed O'Bannon v. NCAA, and he spun fantasies devoutly to be wished. Said once college basketball ends, "we should put a lock on the gym." Said athletes should spend their summers doing something besides serving the corporate interests of the universities that employ them - like, oh, maybe let them be students for once.
Indiana U. Unveils New Student-Athlete Bill of Rights
by Rexford Sheild June 2014
The Indiana University athletic department has taken bold measures to ensure its student-athletes will be fully taken care of throughout their entire athletic stay in Bloomington. IU vice president and director of athletics Fred Glass unveiled the IU Student-Athlete Bill of Rights on Friday, claiming it to be the first of its kind in the world of college athletics.
Study: Many Big Ten Schools Could Afford to Pay Athletes
by Jared S. Hopkins and Alex Richards, Chicago Tribune June 2014
Chicago - Like a five-star high school recruit in his senior year, college athletics is at a crossroads. Pressure from current players, former players and lawsuits means a system of paying college students to play sports is finally getting serious attention. Those pushing to pay athletes argue that schools - and their coaches and administrators-take in billions while the students themselves are left with nothing. The NCAA and school officials have steadfastly rejected that argument, saying most schools can't afford to pay students and doing so could tarnish the principle that players are students first. But the contentious philosophical debate also leads to some basic math questions. Could schools afford to pay their athletes, and how much? An examination by the Tribune of athletic department budgets over the last five years for Big Ten Conference schools shows that they generate tens of millions of dollars in operating surpluses.