The NCAA lost in the Supreme Court, they're about to lose much, much more
I think it is now safe to say the NCAA is officially circling the drain.
This week's unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding a ruling that the NCAA cannot restrict athletes by putting limits on educational-related benefits. It means a football player can receive a laptop computer or I-Pad for their classes. It means someone can buy them a book for school.
And if you think that's silly, well, yeah it is.
But it's also a small piece of a much, much bigger picture. In short--it means there is no longer anything the NCAA can do to delay the inevitable "Name, Image and Likeness" legislation moving forward in multiple states allowing said athletes to get paid marketing monies.
And...it means the days of a school being under investigation or an athlete suspended because they sold a game worn jersey for $300 spending money are gone. It means college athletes are about to cash in--in a very big way.
And it also means the NCAA is done as an oversight authority. Maybe not today or tomorrow or even next week, but their days are numbered.
It means a school trembling in fear because they received a notice of allegations is probably no longer going to happen. Mind you, NCAA President Mark Emmert and company realistically have become a toothless organization anyway. Over the past decade, punishments for violating "the rules" have varied wildly depending on the university and their place in the world.
You could have easily argued a school like North Carolina who was caught red-handed cheating academically for athletes should have been shut down or suspended. It didn't happen. But if you were a Division II school who did the same thing, yeah, you'd be screwed.
Not long ago, I remember former Georgia WR A.J. Green getting a 4-game suspension for selling a game worn jersey for like $300. It was during a season the Bulldogs were picked by many to be a national championship team and Green was arguably their best player.
Well, that suspension cost the team I believe one loss and any shot they had at the title.
Then there is the "College Football Playoff" system and the "Bowl Committee" or whatever they call themselves. Those are TOTALLY different operation systems for College Football who oversee everything not scheduled in the regular season. They don't need the NCAA to sign off on anything they do.
Why? Because they are the groups who REALLY get paid for the games by TV Networks and that's where the money is.
At the end of the day--I'm not saying we should not have someone trying to police the games. We should. Heck, College Football and Basketball both need a "Commissioner" or "President" with a team of investigators who can keep schools in line and behaving. I just don't think the NCAA in its current form with its current 1,000-plus pages of regulations is the one to do it.
IT's a bloated, fat bureaucracy run on an outdated system that essentially forces players, coaches and athletes to try to bend the rules just to survive. Which really and truly is the whole problem.
If players were getting paid, even a little bit---they wouldn't be selling jersey's or willing to take handouts from anyone who offered.
Don't come at me with the "Well, they get a free scholarship" crap either. It may be one of the stupidest arguments in the history of excuses.
All the "free scholarship" means is an athlete gets the cost of their education covered. There are literally thousands of kids who get full or partial academic or other scholarships to go to schools too. Those on an academic scholarship, they can actually work a part-time job, or accept a gift from a teacher or get paid to help run an errand for an advisor. Not the athletes.
Ok, well, not the football or basketball players.....
And that's the fundamental flaw with any argument about why college athletes shouldn't be gettin paid. If you are 1,000 miles from home playing football in a state or city you've never been, it would be nice to have $20 in your pocket. A frightening amount of said athletes don't have that.
Which means they need to find spending money some where they can go get a Subway sandwich on a Sunday night if they want one or the athletic food hall is closed.
I could go on forever about the stupidity of college athletics which is now more of America's biggest businesses while the people doing the work essentially worked for free while watching the executive pocket money selling jersey's with their names on them.
But I'd be describing the NCAA and for people of a certain generation, it's what they grew up with. It doesn't mean they are bad and it doesn't mean they should be hated, it just means times have changed.
Almost everything surrounding college athletics is different than it was 40-years ago. The NCAA or whatever takes its place as the college sports overlords should work to become modern and current. Adjust to the year 2021 instead of what the NCAA often does which is try to operate like its 1981.