the BigAmateurism monologues

A series of events over the last 18 months—some unforeseeable—have created a perfect storm that will change college sports forever. The NCAA's bait an…
Aug 8th, 2022 | 1:02:55

129: Tommy, Joe, Nick, Greg, and the Boyz

Last week saw a cluster of college sports “news” stories that had texts and emails flying. The story that spawned the most interest was a new “bipartisan” NIL-related federal legislative effort led by Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). Sports Illustrated broke the story Wednesday afternoon, August 3rd. Then SI also reported on the re-release of the Athletes Bill of Rights sponsored primarily by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). These notable ‘breaking news” items were sandwiched between less reported (but significant) NCAA press releases. This episode discusses how “news” on the regulation and business of college sports often ignores important, co-temporal events that are seemingly unrelated.