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Congress Should Replace the NCAA

Three weeks after a trial over the NCAA’s use of college athletes’ likenesses ended this summer, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller’s Commerce Committee began hearings on the welfare of athletes and included testimony from NCAA President Mark Emmert. Amid the senators’ skepticism and the professed need for congressional oversight, Emmert once again promised more change to […]

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After Penn State Scandal, Congress Should Make NCAA put Students, Education First

In light of the scandal at Penn State, which reveals how big-time college sports often overwhelm the core values of higher education, Congress should closely examine whether the NCAA is running a not-for-profit enterprise or a commercial entertainment empire. Follow this link to read the Christian Science Monitor article

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NCAA Deserves Criticism, but Got it Right on Scholarships

The revival of multiyear scholarships, one of several measures the Division I Board of Directors adopted at a presidential retreat, is potentially the most important student- oriented legislation passed in recent history. Follow this link to read the Indianapolis Star Tribune article

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Real Scholarships Need to Make a Comeback: Athletes Should Be Paid with Multiyear Scholarships

I have always believed that colleges and universities that treat athletes like employees should have to pay them and provide other employment benefits. Under common law, an employee is a person who performs services for another under a contract of hire, subject to the Follow this link to read the US News and World Report […]

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How to Save the NCAA from Itself

Big-time college football has changed significantly since I played decades ago. Millions of dollars rain down from ticket sales, luxury suites, media rights, corporate sponsorships, and sales of licensed apparel. Conferences are realigned to penetrate new target markets. These changes, however, raise serious questions about the future of sport in higher education. Follow this link […]

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Why the NCAA Continues to Work Against Athletes’ Best Interests

By Gerald S. Gurney and B. David Ridpath  FEBRUARY 29, 2016 – Chronicle of Higher Education Gerry Gurney, Drake Group President and David Ridpath, Drake Group President-Elect teamed up to comment on the renewal of the employment agreement of the NCAA President and how this action signaled no change in the direction of the NCAA.  […]

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Why the NCAA Continues to Work Against Athletes’ Best Interests

By Gerald S. Gurney and B. David Ridpath FEBRUARY 29, 2016 – Chronicle of Higher Education Gerry Gurney, Drake Group President and David Ridpath, Drake Group President-Elect teamed up to comment on the renewal of the employment agreement of the NCAA President and how this action signaled no change in the direction of the NCAA. […]

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It is their Legal Right to Unionize

I have always believed that colleges and universities that treat athletes like employees should have to pay them and provide other employment benefits. Under common law, an employee is a person who performs services for another under a contract of hire, subject to the other’s control in return for payment. The unionization movement at Northwestern […]

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The Big Five Power Grab: The Real Threat to College Sports

It is hard to see the forest for the trees in college sports these days. Antitrust lawsuits and the debate over whether college athletes should be compensated as employees have obscured that fact that only a small group of highly commercialized athletic programs are controlling the NCAA. Follow this link to read the Chronicle of […]

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Reform Due for Big-Time College Athletes

The plantation analogy is hyperbolic, but universities at the most athletically competitive levels are routinely admitting athletes, some of whom can barely read or write, and subjecting them to physical and psychological demands that deny them the education necessary for upward mobility in a society that is becoming increasingly stratified. Follow this link to read […]

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