Let John Oliver Remind You That March Madness And The NCAA Are Bullshit

John Oliver dedicated a huge chunk of last night's episode of Last Week Tonight to battering the NCAA. The fact that he was able to go in on the NCAA's exploitative, hypocritical existence for over 20 minutes should tell you all you need to know about the lie that is college sports. You certainly don't have time to… » 3/16/15 10:04am 3/16/15 10:04am

Texas Athletic Director Channels Donald Sterling

The millionaire administrators who prop up the NCAA often say deeply, deeply stupid things when defending their right to make millions of dollars off of the unpaid labor of athletes, but what University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said in this month's issue of Texas Monthly deserves special recognition. » 8/19/14 11:28am 8/19/14 11:28am

The NCAA Is Spending More Money Than Ever On Lobbying

With a constant stream of bad press and lawsuits chopping away at its integrity, the NCAA has decided to do what every corrupt institution that has no real reason for existing does when times get tough: throw shitloads of money at lobbyists. » 8/12/14 3:03pm 8/12/14 3:03pm

In The O'Bannon Decision, Truth Wins Out Over Rhetoric

Let me start by apologizing. Because of my own involvement in the Ed O'Bannon case, and because of past situations in which the NCAA has misquoted my own personal statements as if they represent the official opinions of the plaintiffs in the case, I can't be quite as analytical here as I might like, especially since… » 8/11/14 10:11am 8/11/14 10:11am

O'Bannon Ruling: NCAA Loses

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Ed O'Bannon v. NCAA antitrust case, knocking down the restrictions against college athletes profiting off their name, image, and likeness. » 8/08/14 7:45pm 8/08/14 7:45pm

The One Question To Ask The Commissioner Of The Big 12

Here's the commissioner of the Big 12, Bob Bowlsby, owning the absolute shit out of what's become the NCAA deadenders' Marxism of convenience: » 8/07/14 10:26am 8/07/14 10:26am

How Not To Reform The NCAA

There will be no new release of an EA NCAA Football game this year. The man most frequently blamed for this is a former UCLA basketball star named Ed O'Bannon, who had the temerity to sue the NCAA and EA for using his image without asking permission and without negotiating to pay for it. » 8/01/14 12:24pm 8/01/14 12:24pm

Big 12 Commish Is Full Of Shit About Pay-For-Play Killing The Olympics

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby spoke to reporters during a press conference this morning, and spent a good deal of time painting a bleak picture of the future of college sports. What does Bowlsby see on the horizon, in a post-O'Bannon world? Athletes unionizing! Massive program cuts! The death of the Olympics! » 7/21/14 12:40pm 7/21/14 12:40pm

What Everyone Should Know About The NCAA Trial

You remember the highly anticipated Ed O'Bannon trial, right? Well we're nearly two weeks in — do you know how it's been playing out in that Northern California courtroom? This guide is about making you look smart the next time you get in a barstool argument about the merits of the case. Or at least as smart as your… » 6/26/14 3:37pm 6/26/14 3:37pm

League of Legends Is Turning Into An Actual College Sport

Over the past few years, we've seen a remarkable rise in the popularity of competitive gaming. The fighting game community gets bigger and bigger; the Dota 2 International's prize pool is almost up to $10 million; and League of Legends remains one of the biggest games around. » 6/19/14 11:55am 6/19/14 11:55am

The Map The NCAA Got Thrown Out At Trial

At today's proceedings of O'Bannon v. NCAA, an antitrust suit which seeks to give players a share of the profits off their likenesses, the NCAA's lawyers successfully objected to the entry into evidence of our map showing that coaches are the highest-paid public employees in 39 of 50 states. » 6/16/14 2:09pm 6/16/14 2:09pm

EA Sports And CLC Finalize Video Game Settlement With Former Players

Four class-action suits brought by former NCAA players against EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company were settled back in September 2013 for $40 million, but aside from the amount, most of the other terms needed ironing out. On Friday night, the parties filed a settlement with the U.S. District Court for… » 5/31/14 10:43am 5/31/14 10:43am

Rich Asshole Mark Emmert Says He'd Be Happy To Be An Unpaid Athlete

NCAA president Mark Emmert was a guest on Dan Patrick's show this morning, and he said all the stupid things we've heard him say many times before while trying to defend the scam that is the NCAA. The entire interview is worth a listen, because Patrick isn't afraid to challenge Emmert, but I particularly enjoyed… » 4/21/14 3:43pm 4/21/14 3:43pm

Alabama Athletics Earn More Than All 30 NHL Teams

The Alabama Crimson Tide athletics department earns revenues of $143 million dollars. According to Marc Edelman, a professor of sports and antitrust law at CUNY, that is more than all 30 NHL teams and 25 NBA teams. While not the craziest thing you've ever heard, it does crystallize something you've probably always… » 4/07/14 9:39pm 4/07/14 9:39pm

Georgia Men's Basketball Has Policies Against Orgies And Gangbangs

Thanks to a few University of Maryland journalism students' public records requests, we know what one collegiate athletic program expects from its players' fucking habits, among other activities. » 3/25/14 10:48pm 3/25/14 10:48pm

Ohio State AD Gets $18,000 Because A Wrestler Won A Title

OSU athletic director Gene Smith will receive a bonus of one week's salary—more than $18,000—because Buckeye wrestler Logan Steiber won his weight class at this weekend's NCAA championships. » 3/25/14 2:14pm 3/25/14 2:14pm

Poll: White People Don't Want College Athletes To Be Paid

A poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News finds that a sizable majority of Americans are opposed to paying college players. Well, white Americans. » 3/24/14 4:22pm 3/24/14 4:22pm

"Pasta In Excess," And Other Self-Reported NCAA Violations At OU

The Oklahoman did some fun open-records spelunking and got ahold of some of the University of Oklahoma's self-reported NCAA rules violations. These are of the silly, picayune, "failure to hop on one foot 13 times while reciting the NCAA's mission statement in between texts to recruits" variety, including one that's… » 2/19/14 5:17pm 2/19/14 5:17pm

No, Fans Won't Stop Watching If College Players Get Paid

Defending itself in the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit, the NCAA has made some stunning claims. One, backed by an NCAA-commissioned poll, is that people so hate the idea of paying players that they will stop watching college sports if amateurism ends. In the filings, ex-CBS Sports President Neal Pilson estimated that ratings… » 1/16/14 2:24pm 1/16/14 2:24pm