I was sent this link today. I saw it on twitter but really didn't pay it too much attention until the person who sent it to me told me I had to read it...
That the NCAA has lasted this long is mind boggling.
The NCAA today is in many ways a classic cartel. Efforts to reform it—most notably by the three Knight Commissions over the course of 20 years—have, while making changes around the edges, been largely fruitless. The time has come for a major overhaul. And whether the powers that be like it or not, big changes are coming. Threats loom on multiple fronts: in Congress, the courts, breakaway athletic conferences, student rebellion, and public disgust. Swaddled in gauzy clichés, the NCAA presides over a vast, teetering glory.
There is a lot here to digest...this article is long.
But how the NCAA actually got its power and then abused its power is the foundation what they are today...
Only one year into his job, Byers had secured enough power and money to regulate all of college sports. Over the next decade, the NCAA’s power grew along with television revenues. Through the efforts of Byers’s deputy and chief lobbyist, Chuck Neinas, the NCAA won an important concession in the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961, in which Congress made its granting of a precious antitrust exemption to the National Football League contingent upon the blackout of professional football on Saturdays. Deftly, without even mentioning the NCAA, a rider on the bill carved each weekend into protected broadcast markets: Saturday for college, Sunday for the NFL. The NFL got its antitrust exemption. Byers, having negotiated the NCAA’s television package up to $3.1 million per football season—which was higher than the NFL’s figure in those early years—had made the NCAA into a spectacularly profitable cartel.
The NCAA was all about money then, just like they are now.
As the article goes onto show the NCAA became so enthralled with power that they went to far in trying to lock up all the TV money, while parsing out just a small fraction earned to its member institutions. They got the taste for money with the NCAA basketball tournament that started just a few years before.
There is so much here that I don't know where to begin.
The writer did an excellent job at reviewing the history of the NCAA. He shows just how behind the times they are and that for all their posturing, how they really haven't and still don't have the student-athlete's best interests in mind.
Please, go read this great piece!