The NCAA: It’s Necessary, but It’s Not the FBI

5 Mississippi Sports Law Review 273

15 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2019

See all articles by Ronald J. Rychlak

Ronald J. Rychlak

University of Mississippi, School of Law

Date Written: October 8, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Rychlak, Ronald J., The NCAA: It’s Necessary, but It’s Not the FBI (October 8, 2015). 5 Mississippi Sports Law Review 273 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3330039

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