Here’s an interesting speech from the NCAA Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby [sic]: http://newsok.com/bowlsby-gets-serious-with-cheating-pays-pronouncement/article/5011747
“Enforcement is broken,” said Bowlsby, one of the most respected men in collegiate sports. “The infractions committee hasn’t had a hearing in almost a year, and I think it’s not an understatement to say that cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions.”
By “cheating”, the NCAA infractions committee, which UO’s Faculty Athletics Representative Jim O’Fallon (Law) sits on, generally means trying to compensate athletes in violation of the cartel’s rules. For example, if a booster gives a player’s mother money to come to a game, or pays for medical care, or a player tries to sell their own autograph, they make the player pay a fine and/or hound him out of college sports. College athletics money is for the coaches, not the players! So it’s good news the infractions committee isn’t doing much.
And there’s some more good news for the players on the O’Bannon lawsuit: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/2014/07/23/ncaa-lawsuit-ea-sports-video-games-proposed-settlement/13074005/ At least I think it’s good news, I’m no sports law expert like UO’s Rob Illig (Law).
And finally, a piece in the Atlantic from civil rights historian Taylor Branch, on the recent congressional hearings on the NCAA and the dim prospects for internal reform. Elevator version: university presidents don’t have the stones to even try: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/07/the-ncaa-tells-congress-its-going-to-reform-itself/374948/