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07:17 AM ET 07.26 | Yes, NCAA president Mark Emmert has felt the heat. [Emmert] agrees with major-college football commissioners demanding substantial change in the Indianapolis-based association and has called a summit of Division I schools in January. ... At issue is the ability of the richest athletic programs --- which attract the massive television rights fees --- to set policy without the smaller D-I programs stopping them because of financial concerns. ... "There's no one talking about this being some incremental change," Emmert said. "I think there's an interest in some pretty fundamental change in the way decisions are made, both to [accommodate] those (financial) differences but also to deal with concerns people have about representation ... in the policy debates."

Indianapolis Star

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July 26, 2013  07:27 AM ET

This dude is out of touch --- how about introducing academics into the SEC??? Move on that Emmert.... Moron....

July 26, 2013  07:27 AM ET

This dude is out of touch --- how about introducing academics into the SEC??? Move on that Emmert.... Moron....

July 26, 2013  08:02 AM ET

So ... the rich want to set policy without buy-in from the not-so-rich.

July 26, 2013  08:11 AM ET

I'll believe it when I see it.

July 26, 2013  08:19 AM ET

The NCAA needs a leader of men, not a puppet for the big money schools and conference commissioners. His proposed relaxation of the recruiting rules is an example of decisions made with bias and tunnel vision. Even coaches and AD's objected to them.

I don't trust this guy at all. He is not a leader of men. He's a mouthpiece for the special interests.

July 26, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The NCAA needs a leader of men, not a puppet for the big money schools and conference commissioners. His proposed relaxation of the recruiting rules is an example of decisions made with bias and tunnel vision. Even coaches and AD's objected to them.I don't trust this guy at all. He is not a leader of men. He's a mouthpiece for the special interests.

name one commissioner that's a mouthpiece for the special interests of his/her organization

IF this turns into semi-pro ball, fine. My time and resources will go solely to Rice. Or, SL Carroll Dragons

July 26, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The NCAA needs a leader of men, not a puppet for the big money schools and conference commissioners. His proposed relaxation of the recruiting rules is an example of decisions made with bias and tunnel vision. Even coaches and AD's objected to them.

I don't trust this guy at all. He is not a leader of men. He's a mouthpiece for the special interests.

+1.


I can round up a few torches, who's got pitchforks and clubs?!?

July 26, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Sorry to inform you Guido, but it has been semi-pro ball for decades now. Where have you been? I hope you enjoy Rice though.

It's time.....make that past time for Emmert to go, he was a big mistake that needs to be cleaned up. I suspect he will resign soon, given his history of leaving places just prior to his incompetency being exposed ....check his record at prior jobs.

It's also time for the NFL to start footing the bill for their farm system. They have gotten a free ride for way too long!

July 26, 2013  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He is not a leader of men. He's a mouthpiece for the special interests.

Sounds like a Emmert has big future in Texas politics right there. Ours have been kowtowing to big money for a good while now. Big money is "special interest" isn't it?

July 26, 2013  09:04 AM ET

On the upside, maybe this will eliminate crummy OOC match ups.

We'll still get the usual tOSU-Indiana, Oregon-Colorado, etc routs.

Or, will the money makers kick the coat tailers out too?

July 26, 2013  09:06 AM ET

The NCAA is a voluntary organization. But without being a member, you do not have anyone to play. So if it doesn't change to the "liking" of the big schools, there is nothing that stops those conferences from simply leaving and starting their own association.

July 26, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Sorry to inform you Guido, but it has been semi-pro ball for decades now. Where have you been? I hope you enjoy Rice though.It's time.....make that past time for Emmert to go, he was a big mistake that needs to be cleaned up. I suspect he will resign soon, given his history of leaving places just prior to his incompetency being exposed ....check his record at prior jobs.It's also time for the NFL to start footing the bill for their farm system. They have gotten a free ride for way too long!

well my tax return says that the $$$$ I give goes to a non-profit donation. If some of the ideas that are being touted make it through, there will be a $Billion drain on the the cash flow into these institutions. While it may have been skirting the fringes of semi-pro, once you get tax exempt status removed, there goes the largest component of funds for AD's.

Texas alone gets almost $100M a year in tax deductible donations.

July 26, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

On the upside, maybe this will eliminate crummy OOC match ups. We'll still get the usual tOSU-Indiana, Oregon-Colorado, etc routs.Or, will the money makers kick the coat tailers out too?

This is what I have also heard...if/when the big boys break off to a D4 (or whatever they will call it) they will eliminate the FCS games and some of the other LSOP games.

If that happens, look for the state of CFB at the lower levels to take a drastic downhill turn. Most of them look to the big paydays for getting pummeled by a big brother to help fund their athletic programs.

July 26, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

While it may have been skirting the fringes of semi-pro, once you get tax exempt status removed, there goes the largest component of funds for AD's.

^ ^ ^ ^ ^ = the elephant in the room for the NCAA

July 26, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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^ ^ ^ ^ ^ = the elephant in the room for the NCAA

...or the crazy aunt in the closet that no one in the family will acknowledge exists.

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July 26, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

...or the crazy aunt in the closet that no one in the family will acknowledge exists.

Aww, RATS! they kicked my great response about DC's mentally unstable aunt that likes girls and dates Mant'i Teo.

July 26, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Aww, RATS! they kicked my great response about DC's mentally unstable aunt that likes girls and dates Mant'i Teo.

what got you kicked - the liking girls part or the knock on a ND player

July 26, 2013  09:50 AM ET

This is all about the profitable CFB and BB programs wanting to become more profitable.
There are huge salaries and bonuses/benefits being paid to ADs and their staffs, to University CEOs and their staffs, and to coaching staffs, and the more money they bring in (including donations from happy Alums) the more there is available to pay them MORE!
Top tier D-1 programs are moving from semi-pro to professional minor league programs for the NFL and NBA. It will be interesting to see which schools jump in--and which schools try to maintain some academic integrity by, perhaps, forming their own league/conference.

 
July 26, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Translation of Emmert's comments: I've been a power mad tool, but I want to keep my job.

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