cloudyn.png
Friday May 27th, 2022 3:16AM

As leaders lobby, NCAA searches for ways to rein in boosters

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The latest lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill by college sports leaders come as the NCAA tries to rein in booster organizations funding questionable sponsorship deals for athletes for use of their names, images and likenesses.

The commissioners of the Southeastern and Pac-12 conferences were in Washington on Thursday, meeting with lawmakers to discuss the need for federal legislation to help colleges regulate how athletes can be paid for endorsement deals.

Greg Sankey of the SEC and George Kliavkoff of the Pac-12 met with politicians from both sides of aisle, including Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). Kliavkoff has previously worked with Cantwell.

“I appreciate today’s opportunity for conversation and dialogue with members of Congress," Sankey said in a statement. "As we have observed activity emerge that is very different from original ideas around Name, Image and Likeness, it is important we continue to pursue a national NIL structure to support the thousands of opportunities made available for young people through intercollegiate athletics programs across the country.”

The two commissioners were joined by Olympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland. Part of the pitch to lawmakers for giving college sports some antitrust protection is that moving to a more professional model for revenue-generating sports such as football and men's basketball would lead to fewer collegiate opportunities for Olympic sport athletes.

The meeting comes about a week after oft-criticized NCAA President Mark Emmert announced he would be stepping down from his position by the summer of 2023.

“NCAA President Mark Emmert’s resignation is one of many necessary structural changes that will enable the NCAA to support our student-athletes," Blackburn said in a statement. “During my meeting with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and others today, I continued to push for the accountability and fairness measures our student-athletes deserve.”

The lobbying efforts for college sports leaders are not new. The NCAA has worked with lobbyists in Washington for years and, separately, so have the Power Five conferences — the SEC, Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference.

Coaches and administrators from several college conferences, including the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12, held spring meetings in Arizona this week and how to bring uniform standards to NIL compensation was the hottest topic.

“We’ve all spent a lot of time in Washington, D.C. I think it’s great that they’re going to do it. Whether anything comes out of it ...," outgoing Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. "We’ve had relationships with the same people that they’re talking to for a while. And so we’ll see what comes of it.”

Bowlsby said there is little if any chance of anything getting done in Congress for college sports until after the midterm elections in November.

“Politics is always about building relationships. And I think you could never do enough of that,” said former congressman and college basketball player Tom McMillen, who now heads the LEAD1 association of college athletic directors. “I told my ADs to get to know their member of Congress. You want to get to know them before you need them, unfortunately.”

The NCAA has generally not regulated NIL activity as booster-fueled collectives have sprung up all over the country. Coaches and administrators have complained that collectives are crossing NCAA lines by using payments disguised as NIL deals as recruiting inducements for both high school prospects and transferring athletes.

In February, the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors directed to D-I Council to review NIL activities. A working group is trying to provide clarity and details to existing rules barring pay-for-play to manage collectives and make clear that donors cannot be involved in recruiting.

The council meets on May 18 and is likely to receive a report from the working group by then.

But the NCAA's ability to enforce rules related to compensating athletes was undercut by last year's Supreme Court decision in an antitrust case, leaving many in college sports skeptical of its ability to crack down on collectives.

"Based on my conversations with lawyers, trying to put this all in some clean little box is going to be difficult," said Todd Berry, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. “The only way this is going to get cleaned up is with some federal legislation.”

___

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com.AP_Top25

  • Associated Categories: Sports, Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP Online Basketball, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, College Sports, AP Business, AP Sports - College Football, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Bidens host Mexico's first lady at Cinco de Mayo celebration
President Joe Biden has marked Cinco de Mayo by honoring the impact that Mexican Americans and other immigrant communities have had in the United States
6:57PM ( 1 minute ago )
Virus found in pig heart used in human transplant
Researchers trying to learn what killed the first person to receive a pig heart transplant have found the organ harbored an animal virus
6:53PM ( 5 minutes ago )
LA Kings build another contender 8 years after raising Cup
The Los Angeles Kings raised the Stanley Cup for the second time in June 2014
6:40PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Ohtani's Fenway debut a success with 11 Ks, RBI in 8-0 rout
Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 over seven shutout innings, had two hits and drove in a run in the Los Angeles Angels’ 8-0 win over the Boston Red Sox
6:05PM ( 53 minutes ago )
Adames homers twice as Brewers pound lowly Reds 10-5
Willy Adames hit two of Milwaukee’s six homers, and the Brewers beat the lowly Cincinnati Reds 10-5
5:16PM ( 1 hour ago )
Bucks forward Khris Middleton out at least 2 more games
Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton will miss at least two more games in the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Boston Celtics as he recovers from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee
5:08PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
AP source: SEC, Pac-12 leaders to push for NIL law in DC
The commissioners of the Southeastern Conference and the Pac-12 are scheduled to meet with lawmakers in Washington They will lobby for federal legislation to regulate name, image and likeness compensation to athletes
12:25AM ( 18 hours ago )
Tampa Bay, Seattle to meet in 1st NFL game in Germany
The first regular-season NFL game in Germany will be between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks at the home of soccer club Bayern Munich
9:02AM ( 1 day ago )
'Momentum' for dumping yearly scholarship limits in football
College football coaches are pushing for changes to NCAA rules to help stabilize rosters depleted by transfers
9:43PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Football
Paul has another stellar 4th, Suns blow past Mavs 129-109
Chris Paul scored 28 points, including 14 in another spectacular fourth quarter, to lead the Phoenix Suns over the Dallas Mavericks 129-109 for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals
2:43AM ( 16 hours ago )
Paul has another stellar fourth, Suns blow past Mavs 129-109
Chris Paul scored 28 points, including 14 in another spectacular fourth quarter, to lead the Phoenix Suns over the Dallas Mavericks 129-109 for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals
1:37AM ( 17 hours ago )
Adebayo, Butler lead Heat past 76ers 119-103 in Game 2
Bam Adebayo scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler had 22 points and 12 assists, and the Miami Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-103 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals
11:12PM ( 19 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Biden taps 1st Black woman, LGBT White House press secretary
President Joe Biden has named Karine Jean-Pierre to be the next White House press secretary
6:17PM ( 41 minutes ago )
Senate to vote next week on protecting abortion rights
The Senate is gearing up for a vote on legislation that would codify abortion rights into federal law
5:44PM ( 1 hour ago )
Army pressed to fix dilapidated base housing by senators
U.S. senators are demanding that the Army put more money and effort into repairing poorly maintained and substandard base housing for military service members and their families
5:38PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Boeing will move its headquarters to DC area from Chicago
Boeing says it plans to move its corporate headquarters from Chicago to the Washington, D
4:30PM ( 2 hours ago )
Next battle over access to abortion will focus on pills
More than half of abortions in America are now done with pills, rather than surgery
4:13PM ( 2 hours ago )
Boeing expected to move headquarters from Chicago to DC area
Boeing plans to move its corporate headquarters from Chicago to the Washington, D
2:44PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
JMU cancels rest of softball season after player's suicide
James Madison has canceled the remainder of its softball season as the school tries to cope with the suicide of one of its star players last week
1:46PM ( 3 days ago )
JMU cancels rest of softball season after player's death
James Madison has canceled the remainder of its softball season as the school tries to cope with the apparent suicide of one of its star players last week
11:43AM ( 3 days ago )
Candidates test skipping debates without upsetting voters
Former football great Herschel Walker has gone to great lengths to dodge tough questions during his run for the U.S. Senate in Georgia
5:47AM ( 3 days ago )
College Sports
Bus video gives more info about Pittsburgh bridge collapse
Video footage from a bus of the bridge collapse in Pittsburgh this year shows one end of the structure had already fallen when an expansion joint at the other end was pulling apart
6:16PM ( 42 minutes ago )
'Seemed like goodbye': Mariupol defenders make their stand
Ukrainian fighters at Mariupol’s pulverized steel plant are holding out against Russian troops in an increasingly desperate effort to keep Moscow from taking the strategic port city
6:10PM ( 48 minutes ago )
FDA restricts J&J's COVID-19 vaccine due to blood clot risk
U.S. regulators are strictly limiting who can receive Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine due to a rare but serious risk of blood clots
5:51PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
2022 NFL Draft l Ridder ends QB drought in 3rd round
Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder was the second quarterback picked in the draft, taken in the third round at No. 74 overall by the Atlanta Falcons
10:09PM ( 5 days ago )
2022 NFL Draft l Seahawks' Cross not using agent for now
New Seattle Seahawks left tackle Charles Cross says he’s betting on himself by choosing to not have an agent to begin his NFL career
6:01PM ( 6 days ago )
2022 NFL Draft l Big 12 still waiting for 1st player picked
The Big 12 is still waiting for its first player to be drafted
4:46PM ( 6 days ago )
AP Sports - College Football
As college sports evolve, what will be NCAA president's job?
The NCAA is looking for a new president
3:03PM ( 1 week ago )
2 wealthy parents appeal convictions in college bribery case
Two wealthy parents who were sentenced to prison in the college admissions cheating scandal have appealed their convictions
6:13PM ( 1 week ago )
Blue Devils' Griffin becomes 5th Duke player to bolt for NBA
Duke freshman A
3:07PM ( 1 week ago )
AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
Virus found in pig heart used in human transplant
Researchers trying to learn what killed the first person to receive a pig heart transplant have found the organ harbored an animal virus
6:53PM ( 5 minutes ago )
LA Kings build another contender 8 years after raising Cup
The Los Angeles Kings raised the Stanley Cup for the second time in June 2014
6:40PM ( 18 minutes ago )
DoorDash's sales soar in Q1 but its costs also grow
DoorDash sales soared in the first quarter as it added new customers, putting to rest any question of whether delivery demand will continue as the pandemic wanes
6:35PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Playoff physicality creeps into crease to impact goaltenders
The physicality of the NHL playoffs is creeping into the crease
6:32PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Haas hopes rebound from worst in F1 helps American growth
Most Americans know Haas as the worst team in Formula One
6:23PM ( 35 minutes ago )