The Origins Of Amateurism; Or, Why College Sports Are So Fucked Up

As president of the NCAA, Mark Emmert has $1.7 million a year riding on the premise that college sports are integral to the mission of higher education in general, a number that frankly lends a certain insight to his cause. Sympathy, even. After all, if you made that kind of money, you'd probably find that preserving… » 4/25/14 1:57pm 4/25/14 1:57pm

Do McDonald's All-Americans Believe Student-Athletes Should Be Paid?

Chicago Side's Daniel Libit, who wrote about future former UCLA coach Steve Alford for Deadspin yesterday, spoke to the McDonald's All-American boys' players in the Windy City this week and asked them about compensation for NCAA athletes. » 4/03/13 11:00am 4/03/13 11:00am

Taylor Branch Expects Schools And Conferences To "Revolt" Against The…

Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Taylor Branch still has some words on the NCAA and amateurism. » 9/28/11 3:30pm 9/28/11 3:30pm

Anyone Care What David Brooks Has To Say About Amateurism And The NCAA?

Other than the fact that Upmarket Jeff Foxworthy somehow believes there was once a time of chivalric amateurism, and other than the part where he relishes the supposed irony of lefties advocating capitalism-friendly reform (Saul Alinsky and Marvin Miller would like a word) and also the part where he writes, "College… » 9/23/11 2:06pm 9/23/11 2:06pm

Jim Tressel Is The Symptom, Not The Disease

I don't mean to interrupt the national barbecuing of Jim Tressel, which I'm enjoying as much as the next guy, but there are three kinds of hypocrisy in play here, and at this point it's hard not to see Tressel's as the least of the bunch, and almost noble in its own weird way. » 5/31/11 5:10pm 5/31/11 5:10pm

Last Night's Winner: Dumb, Vaguely Crooked Proposals To Preserve Our…

The hot new idea being bruited by the Coalition Of People Who Take Amateurism Seriously (Sponsored by Nike) is to levy "post-NCAA financial penalties" on professional players who ran around with agents during college, which is like the whorehouse fining the whore. » 10/26/10 12:15pm 10/26/10 12:15pm