The NCAA: It’s Necessary, but It’s Not the FBI
5 Mississippi Sports Law Review 273
15 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2019
Date Written: October 8, 2015
In trying to regulate amateurism in major programs with astronomical revenues, the NCAA has become overextended. This has led to the creation of a lengthy, complicated rulebook The rules are unpredictable and difficult to understand. Students, coaches, and staff members routinely seek out the institution’s compliance officers for NCAA rule interpretations. Sometimes the compliance officers, who often have juris doctor degrees, must request an official interpretation from the NCAA home offices. This paper argues that the NCAA or a similar organization is necessary to keep collegiate sports viable. Recognizing that the NCAA has stumbled in recent years, often by overreaching, this paper argues that athletic leaders need to focus on the original purposes that led to the creation of the NCAA and refocus the organization on those purposes, in part by giving college faculty a greater role. Handled properly, this will help keep both the NCAA and college athletics relevant and important for decades to come.
Keywords: NCAA, Sports
JEL Classification: K10
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