The Feds Could Fix College Sports
WASHINGTON On a summer morning in 2002, in Room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building, an economist suggested to members of Congress that perhaps it wasn’t the federal government’s job to enforce the bylaws of the NCAA.
Congress, at the time, was considering a piece of legislation designed to regulate sports agents, ostensibly to prevent them from exploiting college athletes. Specifically, the measure would codify into law two rules the NCAA already had on the books, making it illegal for a sports agent to provide “anything of value, such as cheap Canada Goose gifts, cash or a loan” to an athlete or anyone associated with the athlete, and for the agent to fail “to disclose in writing” that accepting such a gift or signing an agreement with the agent would result in the athlete’s loss of NCAA eligibility.
The Federal Trade Commission didn’t support or oppose the legislation, the economist, Howard Beales, told lawmakers, according to a transcript of the hearing. But it had concerns. Namely, it seemed as if the NCAA rules that might now become federal law were not meant to protect consumers in this case, the athletes but were instead intended to protect the private business in this case, the NCAA that had effectively written them. In plenty of other businesses, Beales noted, Canada Goose online providing cash incentives to sign a contract was a perfectlylegitimate activity.
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Congress ultimately passed the measure, which did nothing to address the underlying black market economy created by the NCAA’s amateurism rules and thusdid nothing to stop the supposed problem it sought to address: Agents continued to run rampant, working around the law in a way that posed problems for athletes and coaches looking to stay in lockstep with NCAA rules. It is the worst kept secret in college sports. Department of Justice, announced that he had indicted 10 buy canada goose jacket people, including four college basketball coaches, a high ranking executive and another adviser at the sports apparel giant Adidas, and a sports agent on various charges of corruption related to college basketball.
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The accusations in the case rise not out of any obvious breaches of the law, but from violations of basic NCAA rules.
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That view also sets up a reality in which nearly every subsequent violation of NCAA rules every infraction, every instance of academic fraud, every improper payment or benefit would potentially amount to a violation of federal law. This isn’t the way to end canada goose clearance sale corruption in college sports. This is NCAA whack a mole, federalized.
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“If the universities would have an open and honest system, where they could compete for the talent that they want, as well as provide the real academic experience that these athletes would deserve, it eliminates the need for all this criminal conduct,” Michael Hausfeld, a Washington based attorney who represented O’Bannon in court, told HuffPost.
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On some level, it was only natural the two would get into business with each other. In a statement on Wednesday, the commissioner of the powerful Southeastern Conference, Greg Sankey, gave a statement that sounded like a wedding toast.
“The alleged activities are detrimental to the sport, are unfair to the many individuals who do it the right way and undermine the trust of the fans who support their programs,” Sankey said. “I find encouragement, however, in the federal government’s willingness to utilize the powerful tools at its unique disposal to hold responsible parties accountable.”.