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

"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 about … » 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

No, Paying Athletes Won't Bankrupt College Sports

The NCAA's biggest and most bruited argument against compensating players is that athletics programs couldn't take on the additional burden of player salaries without going bankrupt. The argument has a certain appeal to a certain kind of fan, the one who thinks sports took a turn for the worse at roughly half-past… » 1/16/14 12:22pm 1/16/14 12:22pm

Why The Arguments Against NCAA Pay-For-Play Suck

NCAA president Mark Emmert, speaking Wednesday at the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, pooh-poohed the idea of paying collegiate athletes. "There's certainly no interest [among college presidents] in turning college sports into the professional or semi-professional," Emmert said. He added: "I think the key issue for… » 12/12/13 12:40pm 12/12/13 12:40pm

Jock Culture Isn't Rape Culture When Women Are Playing Sports

Lizzy Seeberg, Daisy Coleman, the Steubenville rape victim — all three young women were targeted by young men who had two things in common: they felt entitled to the bodies of women regardless of whether the women consented to sexual contact, and all were athletes. But a similar attitude about having a sexual "right" to… » 10/28/13 5:19pm 10/28/13 5:19pm

"This Is Becoming Comedy Central": NJ Senators Want Rutgers AD Fired

Two State senators, Governor Chris Christie and other New Jersey officials want to put an immediate end to the Rutgers/Julie Hermann circus. Senators Ray J. Lesniak and Richard Codey have gone on record as wanting to see newly-hired athletic director gone and university president Robert Barchi following her out the… » 5/26/13 8:21pm 5/26/13 8:21pm

The Complete Family Tree Of College Mascots

The above image is just a tiny portion—the cat teams—of the universe of NCAA mascots. Of nearly 1,300 schools in Divisions I, II, and III, there are bound to be some repeats. But now that someone has gone to the trouble of putting every single one on a poster and breaking them down by team name, it's time to be… » 4/10/13 11:07am 4/10/13 11:07am

Mark Emmert Is The NCAA's Teflon Don

Since taking over as president of the NCAA in 2010, Mark Emmert has overseen the unjust railroading of the Penn State football program in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, as well as the shoddily run investigation into the University of Miami, which only succeeded in revealing the NCAA to be just as shady… » 4/03/13 12:05pm 4/03/13 12:05pm

Singing Wrestler May Lose Scholarship Because The NCAA Is The Worst…

I suppose we all agree that the NCAA is terrible. The organization does so many wretched things in the name of protecting academics and amateurism in college sports that it's hard to keep track. (If you remained unconvinced after this latest mess at Miami, where the NCAA's half-assed shadiness would have embarrassed… » 2/21/13 3:20pm 2/21/13 3:20pm

At UNC, "One Of The Worst Academic Fraud Cases In American History" Has…

The University of North Carolina's academic fraud scandal has deepened and widened, and local officials have done the sensible thing in locating a fall guy. A brief refresher on why they need one: In December, an investigation officially found what had seemed probable from Julis Peppers' unintentionally public… » 2/09/13 12:00pm 2/09/13 12:00pm

SEC Schools Spend $163,931 Per Athlete, And Other Ways The NCAA Is A…

College sports are big business, but just how big? In the SEC, on average, schools spend 12 times as much per individual athlete as they do per individual student. Not on the athletes, of course, just around them. There are priorities here. And for most schools, athletic revenue doesn't come close to covering these… » 1/16/13 11:35am 1/16/13 11:35am