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Topic - Mark Emmert
Testifying in a landmark antitrust lawsuit filed against his organization, Emmert said Thursday he believes there is a clear difference between the proposal to pay athletes a few thousand more dollars a year and giving them the equivalent of a salary.
The NCAA's next big challenge could come from federal lawmakers.
The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more autonomy in how to fund scholarships, handle health care and decide other increasingly hot-button issues involving their athletes.
Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes - regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them.
Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college.
Mark Emmert said Sunday that the NCAA wants to allow the big conferences with money-making teams to write their own rules, and those changes could solve many athletes' complaints more effectively than unionization.
The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting the association has plans to change the school-athlete relationship.
Welcome back to BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all your offbeat NCAA tournament needs. In today's edition, we make the rounds at a Memphis hospital, look in on 'The Most Prevaricating Man in the World," check Bill Belichick's basketball pulse and find out if Jim Calhoun has had a change of heart. Without further ado:
NCAA President Mark Emmert is scheduled to speak at the Montana State football banquet as part of the team's annual spring scrimmage in Great Falls.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday that providing a stipend to student-athletes seems less threatening to the schools that earlier knocked down a proposal to increase the value of a scholarship to cover the full cost of attendance.
In 13 words, the NCAA kicked over what remains of the rickety foundation supporting the continued existence of the multi-billion dollar cartel.
"I am writing," Sanchez wrote, "to express my concern about the increasing number of traumatic brain injuries in college football." The innocent-sounding sentence should send a cold shiver down NCAA president Emmert's spine.
Until late last week, $179.95 bought an "officially licensed" autographed photo of Reggie Bush from the online bazaar slathered with NCAA logos. Yes, that Reggie Bush.
The decision comes less than a week after Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel was accused of receiving money for signing autographs. That would be a violation of NCAA rules, and if proven, could jeopardize his eligibility.
Larry Scott of the Pac-12 joined the chorus of commissioners calling for sweeping change in the NCAA, and said it can happen without confrontation and with the five most powerful football conferences still competing on the field with the other five.
At his news conference Sunday, NCAA president Mark Emmert said the association was in no rush to come up with plans in case college players' unions sprout up across the nation.