Professor Nellie Drew in the news on SCOTUS Sports Betting Ruling

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court held that "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own." This holding effectively opened the door for each state to determine whether it will legalize  sports gambling--unless (of course) Congress steps in with legislation … Continue reading Professor Nellie Drew in the news on SCOTUS Sports Betting Ruling

The Supreme Court helped create today’s NCAA Cartel

. . . and the next good legal challenge will strip it of its power.  As the battle over student-athlete compensation is more present in the national conversation than ever before, it is important to understand why the NCAA and its member institutions can refuse to pay college athletes. The simple answer is that  the Supreme Court … Continue reading The Supreme Court helped create today’s NCAA Cartel

Condoleeza Rice now endorses student-athlete NIL Compensation . . .

given the proper "legal framework." Two weeks ago Condoleeza Rice's Committee to Reform College Basketball addressed, but refused to recommend how to address student-athlete compensation for use of name, image and likeness (NIL) because the issue was currently on trial before Judge Claudia Wilken of the Federal District Court for Northern District of California. Hours … Continue reading Condoleeza Rice now endorses student-athlete NIL Compensation . . .

Will the real Committee to Reform College Basketball please stand up?

The Knight Commission, that is.  Two weeks ago, Condoleeza Rice's institutionally-sponsored "independent" Committee to Reform College Basketball submitted its recommendations to the NCAA. The "Rice Commission's" suggestions were a predictably corporate and uninspiring regurgitation of the NCAA's company line: the system is fine, it's the other bad guys--the NBA, the apparel companies, the AAU, the agents, the … Continue reading Will the real Committee to Reform College Basketball please stand up?

NCAA Commission on College Basketball: A Summary, A Translation and A Take

Yesterday morning, the NCAA Committee on College Basketball reported its recommendations to the world. Below is a summary of the committee's findings, an oversimplified translation, and an even more simplified take. Summary  Section I: Realistic Pathways for Student-Athlete Success Separate the collegiate track from the professional track by ending one-and-done. Make elite high school prospects … Continue reading NCAA Commission on College Basketball: A Summary, A Translation and A Take

[Un]Frozen: The NCAA’s Amateurism Rules Bow Only to Disney

The NCAA is coming down from its high horse on enforcement of amateurism rules, at least for Disney. On Friday, USA Today columnist Nancy Armour reported that the NCAA will allow Arike Ogunbowale (the Notre Dame guard who drilled back-to-back buzzer beaters in the National Semifinals and Finals to lead the Irish to this year's National Championship) to compete … Continue reading [Un]Frozen: The NCAA’s Amateurism Rules Bow Only to Disney

Hey, NCAA, Time’s Up

On the eve of the Final Four—the biggest moneymaker in college sports—there has never been a time when student-athlete compensation has been more in the public spotlight, as the NCAA’s lucrative governance model has come under intense scrutiny. And rightfully so. Where the NCAA, its conferences, schools, coaches, administrators and even Sister Jean, can permissibly … Continue reading Hey, NCAA, Time’s Up

Sister Jean is saving the NCAA from itself

The first Thursday night primetime game of the second week of the NCAA tournament on CBS featured eleventh-seeded Loyola University Chicago taking on seventh-seeded Nevada, while third-seeded Michigan and seventh-seeded Texas A&M were relegated to TBS. In a season marked by the "resolution" of academic fraud at UNC, Louisville's stripped national championship and the FBI … Continue reading Sister Jean is saving the NCAA from itself

A Big Week for the Little Guys

March Madness is nothing without its Cinderellas; and it has been a big week for the little guys. For the first time in the history of the tournament, a 16 seed took out a 1 seed as the UMBC Retrievers outclassed overall number one seed Virginia in Charlotte on Friday. Two 13 seeds shocked 4 … Continue reading A Big Week for the Little Guys

Hey, NCAA, $100,000 can’t buy a Cinderella

But don't blame Ayton for taking it There have always been villains in college basketball going into the NCAA tournament--just ask Duke. But this year, the "bad guys" are that much easier to identify as a result of the current FBI probe into college basketball. Of these bad guys, Arizona stands out as easily the … Continue reading Hey, NCAA, $100,000 can’t buy a Cinderella