How President Trump Could Free the NCAA to Pour More Money into Politics

If Trump fulfills his pledge to eliminate a federal law prohibiting charitable organizations from participating in political campaigns, the nonprofit NCAA will be free to shower sympathetic candidates with cash.
Steve Silver
march madness

I Was A College Athlete, And NCAA Amateurism Doesn't Help Us

March Madness is suffused with "love of the game" propaganda justifying restrictions on paying athletes. A former Division I basketball player explains why those roles are burdensome and irrelevant.
Luke Bonner

VICE Sports Q&A: Sneakers Legend Sonny Vaccaro Talks Shoe Deals, NCAA Amateurism & Basketball

Sonny Vaccaro talks about his early days in the shoe business, the hypocrisy of the NCAA, and what it was like to sign Michael Jordan
Larry Burnett

Does Racial Resentment Fuel Opposition to Paying College Athletes?

A new social science study has found that whites are more likely than blacks to oppose paying NCAA athletes—and that the more negative whites felt about blacks, the stronger their opposition.
Patrick Hruby
Donald Trump

How Donald Trump's SCOTUS Pick, Neil Gorsuch, Could Shape The Future of Sports

In the near future, the Supreme Court could hear important cases on legalized sports gambling, college athlete pay-for-play, and Deflategate-style arbitration. Here's how Trump's new nominee could tilt the legal playing field.
Steve Silver
Donald Trump

Why President Trump Should Pick A Fight With The NCAA

Donald Trump has promised to drain the swamp, unleash business, create jobs, fix a rigged system, and make America great again. Taking on college sports amateurism would be good place to start.
Patrick Hruby
college basketball

In New Documentary, Former USC Football Player Bob DeMars Sheds Light on the Dark Side of College Sports

Made by a former NCAA athlete and featuring the stories of many others, the new documentary "The Business of Amateurs" explores topics like pay-for-play, brain trauma, and athletes' rights.
Patrick Hruby
Rio 2016

The NCAA Lets College Olympians Collect Cash for Gold, Because Amateurism Is a Self-Serving Lie

The NCAA fights tooth and nail to make sure football and men's basketball players don't get paid. It also allows campus Olympic sport athletes to keep medal bonuses. Wait, what?
Patrick Hruby
college sports

The NCAA Is Too Busy Paying Legal Expenses To Pay Athletes

The NCAA and its member schools claim that paying players would be too expensive. Meanwhile, they've spent at least $155 million on legal fees and settlements to preserve amateurism and duck brain trauma responsibility.
Kevin Trahan
college football

Jim Harbaugh's One-Day Australian Camp Shows the NCAA Can Afford to Buy America

Next time NCAA president Mark Emmert says that colleges can't afford to pay athletes, remember that Michigan's Jim Harbaugh organized a one-day football camp in Australia to maybe recruit a punter.
Kevin Trahan

Sorry NCAA, But Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley Is Studying And Making Money At The Same Time

While the NCAA argues that amateurism is necessary for education, projected top NFL Draft pick and business student Ronnie Stanley is learning the two have nothing to do with each other.
Kevin Trahan
college sports

Four Years A Student-Athlete: The Racial Injustice of Big-Time College Sports

While the NCAA’s rules governing college athletes are colorblind, the impact of amateurism is anything but—disproportionately costing black football and men's basketball players and benefiting white stakeholders by as much as $2 billion a year.
Patrick Hruby