• NCAA's Fast-Paced Reform: How Did We Get Here?

    by DEREK REDD, Daily mail sportswriter June 2014

    How the reformation of intercollegiate athletics could affect West Virginia schools and the amateurism of the student-athlete Change is coming to the NCAA's Division I, a transformation likely to happen not in a matter of years, but in a matter of months.

  • USC to Offer Four-Year Scholarships in Revenue Sports

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    The University of Southern California is joining a short list of Division I schools offering student-athletes an added sense of security with its scholarship offers.

  • NCAA's Emmert: Pay Could Destroy College Sports

    by The Associated Press June 2014

    NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.

  • O'Bannon Case: Is NCAA Defending the Indefensible?

    by Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City) June 2014

    The NCAA might be losing the Ed O'Bannon case. If testimony this week is any indication, the NCAA is reeling in its effort to protect the notion that student-athletes are just engaging in their favorite hobbies while being given full rides on the academic taxi. In a San Francisco courtroom this week, defense attorneys for the NCAA are trying to prop up the idea that student-athletes should not receive money for use of their images. Petitioners are arguing that they should get a cut when schools, who collect billions of dollars in revenue, use their likenesses and images for promotions and advertisements.

  • Washington Redskins Lose Federal Trademarks

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    In what's being called a "landmark decision," the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans." Due to its "disparaging" nature, the name cannot be trademarked under federal law which prohibits protection of offensive or disparaging language.

  • Economist: Student-Athletes Could Make Seven Figures

    by The Associated Press June 2014

    Football players at big schools could make several hundred thousand dollars in their college careers if they were paid a portion of the broadcast rights to games similar to what NFL players now get, under a model suggested by a sports economist.

  • USA Hockey Policy Statement on the Look-Up Line

    by Super User June 2014

    Source: USA Hockey

    The USA Hockey Board of Directors approved the Policy below regarding the Look-Up Line at the Saturday June 7th, 2014 Board Meeting.  Installation of the Look-Up Line is not required under USA Hockey rules, and USA Hockey has not taken a position about whether the Look-Up Line should be recommended.  The specific policy passed by the USA Hockey Board of Directors is as follows:

  • ACC's Swofford Optimistic About Big Five Autonomy

    by Ken Sugiura; Staff June 2014

    In recent years, ACC Commissioner John Swofford showed a deft enough touch to secure his conference's long-term future when many speculated it was on the brink of collapse. Along with his colleagues, Swofford is again navigating uncertain territory as the five power conferences seek the autonomy from the rest of Division I to create their own rules within the NCAA structure without having to break away. "A 'Division 4' is always a fallback, but my sense is that this is on a good path from an NCAA standpoint, and that it's likely to pass in a form that the five of us (conference commissioners) are comfortable with and the five conferences are comfortable with," Swofford said Thursday in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  • Emmert: NCAA Reformers 'Not That Far Apart'

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    Despite saber rattling from Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive that resuscitated talk of a separate division for the 65 wealthiest athletics departments, NCAA President Mark Emmert told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday that he remains confident the current framework for a new governance structure under the Division I umbrella will be approved in August.

  • Columnist: If Lawsuits Don't Kill NCAA, Members Might

    by Deron Snyder, The Washington Times June 2014

    ANALYSIS/OPINION: The NCAA that we've come to know and despise is in critical condition with a prognosis that suggests the end is near. The equivalent of flesh-eating bacteria are close to devouring the body from within. Outside, it is suffering injury from a series of blows that ultimately could be fatal. External attacks include the trial in Ed O'Bannon's class-action antitrust lawsuit, which enters day four Thursday in Oakland. Just as those proceeding got underway, the NCAA announced a settlement to pay $20 million to current and former college athletes who sued in a lower-profile case involving use of their likenesses in video games.