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As I predicted, the NCAA is pulling in its horns.

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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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The NLRB vs. NCAA

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A couple of years ago I questioned if it was time for the major conferences to pull out of the NCAA. Now the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has thrown an 18 wheel semi into the NCAA mechanism.

 

Yesterday the NLRB ruled that football players at Northwestern University could form a union to negotiate terms of their “employment.” The University has said it will appeal the decision.

 

The NCAA has become a money grubbing institution which has lorded over college sports with no consistency or principle. Now the NLRB threatens the very foundation of college sports. The basic law of College football is that the University and NCAA make the money on the backs of the players that provide the product. Colleges sell jerseys with the player‘s number and names, generate millions of dollars from ticket sales and television. The students believe they deserve more than just the right to attend class along with room and board.

 

While the Northwestern players have not specified what their demands are, health issues seem to be at the heart of the suit. The concept of players forming a union would totally destroy the current system. The NCAA will try to fine any school that provides additional healthcare or payments to players. That will force big schools to leave the NCAA and form their own organization. That would be great for the schools, the players and the fans of college football. The NCAA needs to go out of business and it will without the financial support of the big schools. It is as outdated as the buggy whip and needs to change or die. I prefer the latter.

 

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

 

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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