We acknowledge — somewhat late it is sure — the move of the Volokh Conspiracy to Reason.com. It is worth reading their Broader Implications of the Supreme Court’s Sports Gambling Decision.
Stanford University has won the NCAA Division I Learfield Directors’ Cup
(see final 2016-2017 standings)
as the top collegiate athletic program for an incredible 23rd straight year, a record of excellence which remains as amazing as the record amazingly is.
In Division I, Ohio State finished 2nd, Florida 3rd, USC 4th, North Carolina 5th, Michigan 6th, Texas 7th, Penn State 8th, Oregon 9th and Kentucky 10th, just edging out UCLA 11th and Texas A&M 12th (the 12th Man!).
Grand Valley State of Allendale, Michigan won the NCAA Division II title for the third straight year, Williams College of Williamstown, Massachusetts won the NCAA Division III title for the fourth straight year, while Lindsey Wilson College of Columbia, Kentucky won the NAIA title.
The way that the NCAA operates is destined to change down the road due to a class-action lawsuit filed by former college basketball players against the NCAA’s commercial licensing of the use of player images. See the recent stories at:
Tom Farrey, ESPN, ‘Student-athlete’ term in question — the title of the article greatly downplays what is at stake for the NCAA in the class-action suit.
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News at AL.com, EA Sports and Collegiate Licensing Co. used real NCAA players in video games, e-mails suggest
Jeff Borzello, Eye on College Basketball, CBS Sports, Reports: EA Sports used real student-athlete likenesses in NCAA video games.
George Vecsey at The New York Times College Football page has the story in College Players Move Concussions Issue Into the Courtroom. writing inter alia:
“A sentence at the beginning of the class-action suit reads, “The N.C.A.A. has engaged in a long-established pattern of negligence and inaction with respect to concussions and concussion-related maladies sustained by its student-athletes, all the while profiting immensely from those same student-athletes.” “
This class action is the kind of thing that is necessary to put ever-increasing and justified pressure on the monopolistic NCAA and the overpaid college and university administrators who enable that ill-conceived monopoly.
American college sports are a microcosm of American society: a few profit immensely while the rest pay that bill and are left holding the bag.
The NCAA these days is busy playing policeman and handing out penalties left and right to students, totally ignoring an impossible situation as far as college athletics is concerned — the total exploitation of so-called amateur athletes.
A report has studied the economics of major college sports and has come up with astounding financial numbers. The headline at the Chicago Sun-Times reads:
where Frederic J. Frommer of the Associated Press (AP) writes:
“A national college athletes’ advocacy group and a sports management professor calculate in the report that if college sports shared their revenues the way pro sports do, the average Football Bowl Subdivision player would be worth $121,000 per year, while the average basketball player at that level would be worth $265,000….
“The NCAA’s definition of amateurism has proven to be priceless to obscenely paid coaches, athletics administrators, and colleges but has inflicted poverty on college athletes,” the report charges. It found that some football coaches’ bonuses alone were worth more than the entire scholarship shortfall for their teams.”
Obviously, this whole matter is a legal question whereby the entire status of amateurs under the law must be redefined to accord with the realities.
Similarly, the archaic view that educational institutions are not commercial enterprises must be substantially amended.
It can not be that many MAJOR areas of human activity are regarded to be exempt from taxes, thereby subsidizing a great many areas of activity — as opposed to other areas of human activity which are equally worthy, but which receive no such tax exemptions. There is no sound reason for this.