Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
Fight Over NCAA Voting Power Could Dilute D-I Changes
by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder, USA TODAY Sports May 2014
By August, the NCAA's Division I board of directors is expected to approve a revamped governance structure, with the goal of vastly increased autonomy for the SEC, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences, allowing them to provide athletes with unprecedented benefits and resources.
Latest Donald Sterling Interview Digs Hole Even Deeper
by Nancy Armour, firstname.lastname@example.org, USA TODAY Sports May 2014
Every time he opens his mouth, Donald Sterling reminds his fellow NBA owners why he has to go. Now. Already a pariah for his vile and racist comments, it didn't seem possible the Los Angeles Clippers owner could further damage his image and, by association, that of the NBA. Yet that's exactly what he did in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper that aired Monday, throwing gasoline on a fire the NBA had only just begun to get under control. Despite his repeated insistence that he's not a racist, everything else Sterling said showed him to be an ignorant and hate-filled person. He trashed Magic Johnson, claiming -- wrongly -- that the Lakers' Hall of Famer has done nothing for the black community.
NCAA Faces Scrutiny, But No Action from Washington
by Todd Jones, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH May 2014
Richard Johnson knows the inner workings of the NCAA as someone who has battled in court against the governing body of college sports. Such experience allows Johnson, a Cleveland attorney, to see how the NCAA would be more vulnerable to attacks on its authority if Congress viewed the besieged organization in the broader context of higher education. "Paying the players is not the most important thing," Johnson said. "We need to re-establish our priorities. If we are going to pay $350 billion (in taxes) for higher education, what are we doing in sports? What should we be doing?
College Union Model Takes Hits at Congressional Hearing
by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2014
Billed as an examination of the consequences of unionizing college athletes, a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing Thursday involved plenty of that. But the hearing also became a platform for congressional criticism of the NCAA and Division I schools' approach to addressing athletes' concerns that triggered the effort to unionize scholarship football players at Northwestern. One of the five witnesses, Stanford athletics director Bernard Muir, told the committee that if his school's athletes were allowed to unionize, the school "might opt not to compete at the level we are competing in." And in an interview with USA TODAY Sports after the hearing, he was unequivocal: "If (Stanford's athletes) are deemed employees, we will opt for a different model."
Opinion: No One-Stipend-Fits-All Solution for NCAA
by Deron Snyder, THE WASHINGTON TIMES May 2014
Congress will hold hearings this week on the Northwestern football union case, promising more rampant examples of "college sports" being misused as a one-size-fits-all label.
Kansas House Crushes For-Profit Fitness Clubs Tax Break
by Tim Carpenter. email@example.com May 2014
The House engaged in extraordinary debate Friday before overwhelmingly rejecting a bill that would deliver a property tax exemption for fitness clubs statewide sought by a Wichita businessman who donated liberally to dozens of lawmakers.
NCAA Grants Waiver to Muslim Wrestler with Beard
by Jay Tokasz; News Staff Reporter May 2014
Muhamed McBryde has loved wrestling ever since he can remember, but when he had to choose between shaving his beard and competing for the University at Buffalo, the decision was easy. McBryde sat on the sidelines. The pre-med student believes shaving the beard would compromise his faith. He is Muslim. Even though NCAA rules clearly state that all competing wrestlers must be cleanshaven, the 17-year-old junior said he never considered getting rid of his facial hair. "My religion says you're supposed to keep a beard," said McBryde of Buffalo.
Senate Leader: NFL's Redskins Should Change Name
by Anderson Independent-Mail (South Carolina) May 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it's time for the NFL's Washington Redskins to change their name, linking the issue to racist comments by a professional basketball team owner.
IOC Official Blasts Rio Olympic Preparations
by Michael Gaio April 2014
Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Olympic Games, but according to the vice president of the International Olympic Committee, preparations for those games are severely off track.
NFL May Give Minor League Concept Another Tryout
by Scott Adamson April 2014
The NFL executive vice president of football operations told Associated Press earlier this week an NFL D-League is on his list of priorities.