Myth and Reality: Trying to Make Sense of Conflicts between College Athletes and the College Sports Establishment

A small but aggressive movement against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (N.C.A.A.) and its Division I member universities has received two judicial body blows in the last four months. The recent decisions reveal a fierce and seemingly insurmountable disagreement around whether or not college athletes deserve to be paid. They also show how the conflict…

Why Self-Imposed Sanctions are Ineffective and How the NCAA Should Respond

In recent years, universities that were found to be in violation of NCAA policies preemptively imposed self-sanctions before the NCAA handed out its own set of punishments. In many cases, these self-imposed sanctions significantly influenced the NCAA in its penal determinations, and resulted in less severe sanction packages for schools that enacted them. 1 However,…