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Drake Group Honors University of North Carolina Professor With Hutchins Award for Courageous Defense of Academic Integrity

April 3, 2014 West Haven, Conn. — A professor who specializes in early modern French history at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and played a significant role in exposing the biggest academic/athletic scandals at an American university will be awarded the Drake Group’s highest honor on Thursday, April 24, at noon. Jay […]

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Antitrust Exemption

Congress Granting a Conditional Limited Antitrust Exemption to the NCAA and Its Member Institutions

Absent an antitrust exemption, which only the Congress can provide, the NCAA will continue to be the target of antitrust lawsuits whenever it tries to implement educationally defensible reforms that have commercial consequences.

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Drake Group Report: O’Bannon, Amateurism, and the Viability of College Sport

Our goal in this report is to provide information on whether NCAA restrictions on athletes’ free participation in the lucrative market for their images, likenesses and names is necessary either to uphold the principles of amateurism or to preserve the activity of intercollegiate athletics. The Drake Group is a national organization of faculty and others, […]

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Drake Group Announces Support for Congressional Bill to Establish a Presidential Commission

In March of 2015, The Drake Group has released a position statement in support of a bipartisan-sponsored bill being considered by the 114th Congress (H.R. 275) that would establish a Presidential Commission “to identify and examine issues of national concern related to the conduct of intercollegiate athletics and to make recommendations for the resolution of […]

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Position Statement NCAA Division I Restructure

During the summer of 2014, the NCAA considered a proposal to give the five richest conferences (Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and Southeastern Conference) within the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I legislative autonomy.  In response, the Drake Group, a national organization of college faculty and others released a position statement that […]

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Drake Group Blames Outdated NCAA Amateur Status Rules for Criminalizing Outside Athlete Compensation (November 22, 2017)

Following the announcement of FBI indictments for under-the-table athlete payments, B. David Ridpath, President of The Drake Group, issued the following statement highly critical of the NCAA and its member institutions: Although the latest scandal that has enveloped college sports is not surprising, it was stunning to see the federal government getting involved in policing college sports. Despite […]

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Prioritizing Academics, Athletes’ Well-Being and Fairness? The Drake Group calls on NCAA to Follow its own Rhetoric During its Biggest Showcase

“Prioritizing academics, well-being, fairness…” This is the NCAA mantra that is being touted and has been persistently repeated throughout the NCAA Final Four tournament events in Columbus, Ohio and San Antonio during the Division I men’s and women’s basketball championships. This message is of course amplified by television, social media and other delivery systems. In […]

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The Drake Group Calls on Congress to Expand Investigation beyond Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and USOC and include the NCAA (March 8)

In the wake of Dr. Larry Nassar’s convictions for sexual molestation, Drake Group president B. David Ridpath calls upon the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security to expand its current investigation beyond the actions of Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), to […]

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