What’s next for the NCAA?

The FBI recruiting scandal is not going away. New revelations are coming out following the September arrest of coaches and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller, who is the president and founder of ASM Sports.

According to a Yahoo reports Miller and his agency have allegedly been funding student athletes and their families. Thus, entering an informal deal that would make the players ineligible to participate in NCAA sports. Even worse the under the table payments to these student-athletes would be in violation of many laws. Hence the FBI involvement.  The investigation is ongoing and more coaches and agents could be indicted.

A Yahoo source recently warned, “If your school produced a first-round pick in the past three years, be worried.”

This is bad. The NCAA as we know it may be over after the revelations come to light. The reality is top tier basketball schools, commonly referred to as blue bloods, are the schools producing NBA talent, most television viewership, and the most revenue. Furthermore, the blue bloods aren’t the only schools that should be worried. The first schools to be indicted in the scandal were Arizona, Louisville, Auburn, Miami, USC and Oklahoma State. With the exception of  Louisville these schools are far from your traditional basketball powerhouses.

It would also be foolish to believe that this culture hasn’t leaked into other sports. In fact, according to a CBS report college football generates more viewership than basketball. Also, football recruiting is handled in much the same way as basketball recruiting.

Now the NCAA needs to take a step back and ask itself: can we continue to operate without the revenue of our top teams? The NCAA tournament generates over $1 billion dollars a year according to a Business Insider report. Also, if the indictment was to come out before this years NCAA Tournament, what happens?  It is a modest assumption that if the blue blood schools as well as second and third tier schools aren’t allowed to participate, the revenue will dramatically fall. People don’t want to tune in for a game between mediocre schools.

The NCAA has to decide whether to stick to it’s ideals or bend the rules for the sake of monetary gain. And if the NCAA decides to bend the rules then they must ask themselves: where does the exploitation of the student athlete stop? Because, it is getting harder and harder for the NCAA to justify reaping the benefits of free labor.

Last Edited 2/22/18 at 5:47 P.M.

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