What's Karl Marx Doing In These Arguments Against College Athlete Pay?

Bob Bowlsby is a man with a very influential job. He is the commissioner of the Big 12 conference, one of the so-called power conferences that helps set policy for major college football. He also harbors a belief that is most commonly associated with pre-20th-century economics, and has really only endured as a… » 7/22/14 4:15pm Tuesday 4:15pm

NBA Draft Prospect Skips College For China (And $1.2 Million)

Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay has the potential to be a lottery pick in next year's NBA draft, but he won't be spending a year in college before going pro. Mudiay's taking his talents to China for the required year between high school and the NBA, and he's getting a hefty chunk of money for his efforts. » 7/22/14 12:44pm Tuesday 12:44pm

Brady Aiken's College Eligibility Might Be In Jeopardy

In addition to revealing the Astros as shitty jerks, the Brady Aiken saga has also reminded the world of the existence of one of the NCAA's silliest and most farcical rules: players like Aiken aren't allowed to hire agents for MLB negotiating purposes if they want to retain collegiate eligibility. Thanks to the… » 7/21/14 3:41pm 7/21/14 3:41pm

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

Ole Miss QB Says Players Go To Bed Hungry

In late March, UConn's Shabazz Napier caused a stir when he said there were some nights he went to bed hungry. People scoffed at the idea of a star player not being able to find an open dining hall or afford food on his own, but a couple weeks later–total coincidence on the timing–the NCAA changed its rules to allow… » 7/18/14 4:17pm 7/18/14 4:17pm

The NFL Is Doing Its Best To Protect Its Free Minor League

The NFL has confirmed that it will drastically change its system for giving feedback to potential draft prospects, in an effort to limit the number of underclassmen entering the draft. It's being framed as in the kids' best interest, but it seems to me the schools and the NFL are the ones coming out ahead. » 7/18/14 12:59pm 7/18/14 12:59pm

The One Fuck Up That Should Submarine The NCAA's O'Bannon Defense

Today is the final day of testimony in the anti-trust lawsuit brought against the NCAA by Ed O'Bannon. Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel has been on the scene at various points during the trial, and he's filed a dispatch today that highlights one very important fact about the NCAA's sad attempt to defend its cartel… » 6/27/14 1:19pm 6/27/14 1:19pm

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

​Rashad McCants Made The Dean's List At UNC Without Attending Classes

Rashad McCants, who starred on the 2005 North Carolina championship team, comes clean about his experience at UNC—and says academics could hardly have been more of a sham. He claims he skipped classes, had his papers written for him, and that Roy Williams and the athletic department "100 percent" knew what the school… » 6/06/14 10:36am 6/06/14 10:36am

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

The Competitive-Balance Argument Against Paying Athletes Is Bullshit

High on the list of myths thrown out as excuses to delay or prevent the advent of pay-for-play is that the price-fixing engaged in by the 351 schools in Division 1, and especially the now 128 schools in FBS who play football, is necessary to ensure competitive balance across the sport. » 5/15/14 2:16pm 5/15/14 2:16pm

Homeless Football Player Can't Receive Fans' Aid Due To NCAA Rules

A local Idaho news station aired a segment on Boise State football player Antoine Turner, and his rough journey from New Orleans to the team. Turner's currently homeless, and Broncos fans who learned about his story want to help, but the university is discouraging that generosity, because it could fall under an NCAA… » 5/13/14 9:57pm 5/13/14 9:57pm

How Athletic Departments (And The Media) Fudge The Cost Of Scholarships

Paula Lavigne has an insightful piece on ESPN.com about how college sports thrived even as the rest of America suffered through a terrible economic downturn starting in late 2008. Paula is one of the best people writing in the mainstream sports press on money issues, and this piece is no exception. She presents a… » 5/02/14 2:44pm 5/02/14 2:44pm