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Beginning of the End for the NCAA

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 08.10.2014 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

That cracking sound you hear is the destruction of the NCAA's control over collegiate athletics as we have known it. The centralized power of this body to dictate rules and standards to universities is being eroded rapidly.

Which College Athletes Smoke The Most Weed?

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 08.01.2014 | College

Of the 22 percent of college athletes that admit smoking marijuana in the last year, lacrosse players have gotten high more often than any other group...

No Players' Unions in This League

Richard V. Hurley | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
Richard V. Hurley

I am not writing this blog post to bemoan the excesses of big-time Division I athletics, but I would like to take this opportunity to extol the benefits of Division III sports for schools like ours.

Feed Our Student-Athletes (and Their Classmates, Too)

Joel Berg | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Joel Berg

Thanks to the NCAA, celebrity student athletes will likely no longer go hungry, but countless other low-income college students will continue to face hunger or food insecurity.

Coaching Contracts: Should Athletics Trump Academics?

Dr. Matt Wilson | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Dr. Matt Wilson

What if a coach's potential athletic incentives were tied to the team's APR or graduation rate benchmarks?

The Truth About Kain Colter's Stand and Why NFL Players Support Him

DeMaurice Smith | Posted 06.08.2014 | Sports
DeMaurice Smith

The NCAA sells and wants college athletes to be a team everywhere except in a room where they can talk about the issues they care about. The truth is that they do not want a team that demands a response from a system that makes millions from their play.

The Real Madness: College Athletes Who Can't Read

Eric Cooper | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The real tragedy is the lost opportunity for colleges to help change for the better the trajectory of college athletes' academic careers, even for those who were passed through deficient middle and high schools.

Here Are Some First Steps for Northwestern's Union

Ken Reed | Posted 05.31.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

If the ruling survives all the legal challenges to come, there are several relatively straightforward items that a Northwestern players' union -- or a potential athletes' union at any university -- could bring to the bargaining table quickly.

A Football Slamdunk

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.28.2014 | Sports
Jared Bernstein

Not to mix metaphors, but as I read it, that National Labor Relations Board ruling that footballers at Northwestern are actually employees of the university and thus can form a union looks like a slamdunk.

4 Ways the NCAA Is Like the Fast Food Industry

Seamus McKiernan | Posted 05.27.2014 | Sports
Seamus McKiernan

Maybe it makes sense for Burger King and the NCAA to partner on TV commercials this March Madness. But it's wrong that college athletes and fast food workers are forced to play the serfs in a feudal system that only rewards the overlords.

Madness of College Athletics Extends Well Beyond March

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 05.17.2014 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

This is a terrific time of year for fans of college sports as March Madness takes center stage. But big money, national fame and institutional pride too often overwhelm the best intentions of educators.

Safe4Athletes Survey Targets Abuse in Sports

Katherine Starr | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Katherine Starr

A few minutes of your time could be the difference between an athlete being silent about their abuse or having a voice to speak up. By completing our ...

Are College Athletes Employees?

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 04.22.2014 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

College athletics produce millions in revenue for their colleges, but the stars of the game cannot receive compensation commensurate with their contribution to the entertainment they provide. It is a sweet deal for colleges. The Northwestern case, however, has nothing to do with the fairness of NCAA regulations.

Emily Swanson

Public Backs College Football Players' Grievances, But Not Their Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics

Fewer than one in three Americans believes that college football players should have the right to form a labor union, even though most are highly symp...

The Obsession With Negativity in the Cyber World

Jennie Shulkin | Posted 04.09.2014 | College
Jennie Shulkin

The words we say online do have an effect, and we need to consider that when posting.

Celebrate Division III Athletics

Daan Braveman | Posted 04.02.2014 | College
Daan Braveman

When the media discusses college sports, it seems to focus much of the attention on NCAA Division I athletics. Quite often, too little attention is paid to the important role of Division III athletics at campuses all over the country.

College Football Players Want To Unionize

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.31.2014 | Sports

Football players from Northwestern University announced on Tuesday their plans to join a new labor union being formed for college athletes, an unprece...

College Athletes To Form Union

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 01.28.2014 | Sports

CHICAGO (AP) — College athletes say they are forming what they believe is the first-of-its-kind union to represent their interests. Organizers of t...

Not Just UNC: University Can Lead Academic Reform for Athletes, NCAA

Justin C. Young | Posted 03.16.2014 | College
Justin C. Young

I'm a Tar Heel through and through. When we do poorly, I loyally stand by my university and know that we can do better. Lately, when it comes to college athletics, something isn't right in Chapel Hill, but it's not just at Carolina.

Pay for Play: Will Athletes Get Paid for Profit Generated at Schools?

Bryan Kalbrosky | Posted 03.05.2014 | Sports
Bryan Kalbrosky

The concept of "pay for play" in college athletics has recently been put under a national spotlight. Meanwhile, many student-athletes still struggle to foot the bills that come with the full cost of education.

Why College Athletes Should be Paid

Tyson Hartnett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Tyson Hartnett

I'm not saying we should be paying athletes $5,000 or even $10,000 per semester. If each athlete got $2,000 paid over the course of the semester, this would give them some spending cash and an opportunity to start managing their money.

'A Brilliantly Devised, Evil System'

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 11.22.2013 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

The quote is from Arian Foster, the Houston Texans' star running back. He is referring to big-time college athletics and says it in the forthcoming documentary Schooled: The Price of College Sports.

A Plea for Remunerating Student-Athletes in Revenue-Generating College Sports

Andrei Markovits | Posted 09.20.2013 | College
Andrei Markovits

Let the market pay those student athletes whom it deems valuable! Concretely, if the market (i.e., boosters, fans, supporters, sponsors) finds a football quarterback more desirable than a defensive end, and both more than a swimmer or a squash player, then let them be rewarded accordingly.

Kettles, Frogs and Plumb Lines

Tim Elmore | Posted 11.16.2013 | Sports
Tim Elmore

Football season is upon us -- enticing us to look forward to weekends and providing us a great chance to evaluate our work with young athletes.

Johnny Manziel and the Inevitable Downfall of the NCAA

Harrison Goo | Posted 11.11.2013 | Hawaii
Harrison Goo

I've not been kind to Johnny Manziel over the last year. Which is probably actually a bit of an understatement. I was, quite honestly, disgusted by him -- along with just about every other blogger/sports personality/public figure out there including his own dad. And yet, when the NCAA announced its joke of a suspension (half of a game) as a result of his dealings with several autograph brokers, I suddenly found myself strangely on the other side.