Dec 3rd, 2021 |
77: NCAA/Power 5 Propaganda and a Sham Marriage
On November 19, 2021, a Constitution Committee representative from each of the three NCAA divisions sat for an interview in the NCAA.com Social Series podcast. The Constitution Committee is now in the public spin phase, and the Social Series episode is a case study in NCAA/Power 5 propaganda. The podcast host and Committee representatives painted a picture of association-wide consensus on the draft constitution even though Division I has yet to address what may be the most important regulatory issues in the history of college sports. What is clear, however, is that the NCAA and Power 5 have negotiated a sham marriage (short of divorce) that give the Power 5 complete autonomy within the NCAA umbrella while the NCAA national office and Divisions II and III receive enough March Madness money to continue the lifestyles to which they have become accustomed.