Category Archives: college athletics

The O’Bannon case and the future of the NCAA

TweetOn Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random.
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It’s been 30 years ago this month that the landscape — and especially the business model [...]

The surprising odyssey of putting women in charge

TweetThe future of Julie Hermann as the Rutgers athletic director — specifically, if she is to have a future at the New Jersey school — may be determined soon, with reports that she’ll be on campus this week ahead of her official June 17 start date.
One of the most most important components of this saga [...]

Assessing Pennsylvania’s suit against the NCAA

TweetSports legal analyst Michael McCann has chimed in on the Sports Illustrated website:
A state government challenging the NCAA’s power to regulate a matter only loosely connected to sports represents a worrisome alignment of litigants, facts and law for the NCAA. Foremost, the lawsuit emerges from unique circumstances that do not readily fit NCAA precedent and [...]

No holiday for the NCAA

TweetAs the most valuable college athletes there are toil for free today, word comes from Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com that NCAA president Mark Emmert is dusting off his stipend proposal for preview at the organization’s convention later this month, with a new formal offering coming in April:
A need-based plan can be seen as glorified financial [...]

How the Big Ten got back to 10

TweetThis week’s blockbuster announcements that Maryland and Rutgers are joining the Big Ten and leaving the ACC and Big East, respectively, to fend for themselves, has reopened college athletic realignment machinations once again, and they figure to go on for a while.
Just weeks after Notre Dame announced it was leaving the Big East and joining [...]

The core problem with college athletics reform

TweetIvan Maisel penned a thoughtful, fair-minded piece last week on ESPN.com about the Knight Commission — whose motto he tongue-in-cheek describes as “Tilting at Windmills since 1989″ — and the increasingly difficult challenge of advocating college athletics reform in an age when more money is flowing into big schools and major conferences than ever before.
The [...]

And now college athletics ‘reform’ season begins

TweetAlabama had barely hoisted the BCS national championship trophy late Monday night when the long-winded explications of the entire college athletic landscape were being churned out.
Actually, those missives have been continuing for a good long while. But in the context of a remarkable and dispiriting college football season — fraught with realignment, record streams of [...]

The Big East and the Far East

TweetWhile Big East Commissioner John Marinatto reaches all the way to San Diego to keep his crumbling league together, Larry Scott, his Pac 12 counterpart, continues to make himself the most intriguing figure in college athletics.
After pulling off a record-setting Pac 12 television contract this spring, Scott is looking to the Far East to extend the [...]