Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
New NCAA Meal Rules Fill Athletes' Stomachs, Pockets
by Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star September 2014
Arizona athletes, cheerleaders and even Wilbur and Wilma T. Wildcat can dive into more free food than ever, now that wide-open NCAA meal guidelines went into effect this month. Their bank accounts could fatten up as a result, too.
Opinion: Stop Forcing Athletes to Stay in College
by Super User September 2014
As the college football season kicks off, the question of whether college athletes should be treated as professionals hangs in the air. Yet one issue has been oddly absent from the debate: the age restrictions the National Football League and National Basketball Association place on their players.
NFL Toughens Domestic Violence Stance
by Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports August 2014
Future violations of the personal-conduct policy related to domestic violence or sexual assault by NFL personnel will result in a six-game suspension for a first offense and a ban of at least a year for a second.
Why the National Football League Wants a New Stadium
by Jerry Zremski; News Washington Bureau Chief August 2014
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's call for a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills has left many fans asking the question: What's wrong with the Ralph?
Minnesota Law: Parent Complaints Still Dog HS Coaches
by David LaVaque, Star Tribune Staff Writer August 2014
A new law enacted to keep disgruntled parents from costing Minnesota high school coaches their jobs seems to have quelled some of the potential firings. Believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the law stipulated that "parent complaints must not be the sole reason" for a school board to get rid of a coach.
NCAA Rulings Force Colleges to Confront Confusion
by Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports August 2014
After two momentous outcomes poised to reshape the college sports landscape, athletics officials across the country say one thing remains absent as they prepare to confront new financial and philosophical hurdles: clarity.
Opinion: UHSAA 'Success Factor' Would Lift Lowly Teams
by Kurt Kragthorpe Tribune Columnist August 2014
Having just introduced a sixth class of football, the Utah High School Activities Association now is considering realignment strategy that would reward losing.
Former YSU President: NCAA Should Create 'Pro' Division
by Les Cochran San Carlos Park Cochran is a former president of Youngstown State University in Ohio. August 2014
We all remember Saturday afternoon and the big football game — homecoming, parties, dances and rallies. What could be better? Student tickets were free and alumni found a reason to return. Student-athletes went to class and graduated in four years. They earned their scholarship by working on campus. Players had personal responsibilities.
Agent Access One Thorny Issue Facing Power 5 Schools
by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014
In the wake of Thursday's vote to grant the five high-revenue conferences some autonomy in making rules that govern major college sports, the onus now shifts to athletics directors and conference commissioners to formulate an agenda that can be implemented beginning next year. But among the issues that have already been floated for the Power Five conferences to consider, one stands out as particularly thorny in the search to come up with meaningful reform. Though there is agreement across college athletics that current rules governing the relationship between athletes and agents need to be liberalized, the discussion so far has been heavy on media-friendly talking points and light on detailed prescriptions. Even Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive, who repeatedly has stressed the need to bring agent issues out of the shadows, acknowledged his ideas are more conceptual than specific at this point.
Winners, Losers from Week that Changed College Sports
by Naples Daily News (Florida) August 2014
Football games don’t begin for about three weeks, but college sports has its first winners and losers of the season. Two major decisions in about a 30-hour period Thursday and Friday shook the landscape. First, the NCAA granting governing autonomy to the power conferences was seen by some as creating a new, über-class of 65 schools. A gated community of programs, so to speak.