Over 2 years ago here on fryingpansports.com I predicted that the major conferences would put pressure on the NCAA to as Moses said “Let my people go!” Yesterday, which was also the day that the Northwestern players voted on joining a union, the NCAA announced that it was allowing the major conferences “autonomy.” While there are no clear indications exactly how much autonomy the conferences will get, one thing is very certain—the NCAA is admitting it is powerless against these groups.
The fact that the NCAA has had the football playoffs ripped from their dead or dying fingers is an example of money making a difference in the power relationship. The NCAA had no choice. It has overstepped its authority in rule making and issuing punishments. The decisions were inconsistent and caused even supporters to question the process and wisdom of the NCAA’s decision makers.
There is little doubt that the NCAA has lost its way. While it claimed to be looking out for the student-athlete, it was really more interested in covering its own behind and building its power base. It has become known more for its greed than service to those it was designed to help.
So the NCAA is getting its comeuppance. That is way overdue but is very well deserved. Only time will tell if the major conferences will continue to financially support it or not. I hope not. Let them manage the division 1 and 2 sports. That would reduce the staff to a more reasonable level and cut the NCAA down to size. While I would not wish the NCAA on anyone, the less power it has the better it will be for all college sports fans.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think.
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