Reduce the NCAA’s Power

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) functions as a cartel.  One of the most significant ways to check the powers of the NCAA is to form a body of composed university presidents from each conference and division, former college student-athletes, and professional coaches to vote to approve, modify, and/or reject rules and decisions rendered by the NCAA.  Essentially, this new body would have line-item veto power over the NCAA.  For rules and decisions of the NCAA to be vetoed, this new body would have to arrive at a two-thirds majority agreement.  By creating this new governing body, the NCAA’s current absolute power would be eliminated.  Although this is not a panacea to the problems in intercollegiate athletics, it does provide critical oversight for the NCAA.

A governing body with real oversight powers over the NCAA is needed.  When the NCAA recently evinced that it cannot abide by its own rules during the investigation of the University of Miami, no substantive consequences ensued.  The reason why no consequences followed for the organization is there’s no oversight body in place to address the NCAA.

The NCAA constantly produces rules and decisions that aren’t beneficial to student-athletes and the schools they attend.  Although the NCAA markets itself as a zealous advocate for student-athletes, the organization’s marketing is completely phony.  If the NCAA was serious about being an advocate for student-athletes, then it would supply student-athletes with all the resources they need to be successful academically and would allow student-athletes to receive stipends.

Higher education administrators, students, student-athletes, fans, alumni, and policymakers must federate to call for an oversight body for the NCAA.  An oversight body for the NCAA would help to improve phenomena in intercollegiate athletics and significantly benefit student-athletes and the schools they attend.

If you care about student-athletes and reforming intercollegiate athletics, then you will join the effort to institute a new oversight body for the NCAA.

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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2 comments

  1. The NCAA is a billion dollar business, that only cares about their bottom line and nothing else. I believe athletes should be compensated by allowing them to accept endorsement deals or receive additional funding from the college, once they graduate. I’m so sick of this industry, stopping kids from securing their future because it is no guarantee that they will be able to get Momma out of her dire financial situation. I’m also tired of the NCAA covering up atrocities in their athletic program, like the Mike Rice fiasco and that horrific Penn State sex abuse scandal.

    1. Absolutely! Excellent points. I would be in tremendous favor of there being a federal investigation of the NCAA. Imagine what would be discovered through a federal investigation. There has to be some oversight of the NCAA. Although I’m certainly not a fan of government being too intrusive in the lives of the American people, I do think Congress should establish some means of oversight of the NCAA.

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