As the highly publicized NCAA vs. Ed O’Bannon trial keeps moving along here, it should be noted that one of the men to take the stand last week was none other than Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney. Being the leader of one of the more profitable groups in the entire country, the appearance drew a lot of media attention.
On Tuesday, the Big Ten presidents and chancellors released a joint statement in regards to the whole ordeal.
As another NCAA season concludes with baseball and softball championships, college athletics is under fire. While football players at Northwestern fight for collective bargaining, former athletes are suing to be compensated for the use of their images.
Football and men’s basketball are at issue. Compensating the student-athletes who compete in these sports will skew the overall academic endeavor – for all students, not just those wearing a school’s colors.
The best solutions rest not with the courts, but with us – presidents of the very universities that promote and respect the values of intercollegiate competition. Writing on behalf of all presidents of the Big Ten Conference, we must address the conflicts that have led us to a moment where the conversation about college sports is about compensation rather than academics.
That was just a small snippet of the long release, and you can read the entire statement by simply clicking here.
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