Has College Sports Passed The NCAA By?

Written June 22nd, 2011 by JWinrow

“The NCAA was founded in 1906 to protect young people from the dangerous and exploitative athletics practices of the time.”  These are not my words.  These are the words found on the NCAA’s official website.  However if you take the time to examine this statement, it resonates with hypocrisy.

By its own admission, the NCAA was founded more than 100 years ago.  Is there anything in existence today that is 100 years old that is not in need of renovation?  I truly doubt that an office building constructed circa 1910 will be structurally sound enough to pass today’s stringent engineering standards.  How many 100 year old cars do you see traveling today’s highways.  If I live to see 100 years of age, will I be able to keep up with the times of 2071?  I think you know where this is about to go.

I’m not going to bore you with the innate history of the NCAA from 1906 to present, instead I will state some of the most common assumptions a college football enthusiast would make.  College football and basketball were more recreation than entertainment when the NCAA was formed.  None of the NCAA’s founding fathers could envision the level of technology their great grandchildren would invent in the new millennium.  The revenue generated from these two sports has grown more in the last 20 years than in the previous 80 years.  Under such assumptions, any other regulatory agency in existence may receive hundreds, if not thousands of overhauls during a 20 year period, not to mention during a 100 year period.

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