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    Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    Will congress get involved, or continue to push it to the side? I can't imagine they'll actually do anything about college sports even though they're the only ones with the power to do something. The biggest schools are the ones with the biggest fanbases and the most money, and they don't really want congress to get involved because they continue to stand to gain from conference expansion. I can't imagine the political pressure put on most congressmen from their constituency if they did something to pull back power from Ohio State, Florida, or Alabama.

    Looking at a lot of the comments on the ESPN story, it seems like most people don't want congress to do anything. Which makes sense, since the majority of people are happy with the rich getting richer...continuing to ignore the collateral damage and further alienation of the little guy.

    Congressman urges hearings on college sports - ESPN Dallas

    WASHINGTON -- The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee is urging the panel to hold hearings on antitrust and other issues in college sports, including the recent series of conference realignments.

    "It has become increasingly clear to me that the combination of issues and challenges facing intercollegiate sports have reached a tipping point calling for congressional attention," Michigan Rep. John Conyers wrote to the committee chairman, Texas Republican Lamar Smith, in a letter released Thursday. The committee said in a statement that it is reviewing Conyers' request.

    Several major colleges have recently announced plans to switch conferences, including Syracuse and Pittsburgh from the Big East to the ACC, and Texas A&M from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference. The Big East now wants to expand to 12 football teams.

    Critics have voiced concerns that the shuffling could lead to a handful of 16-team "superconferences" that could break away from the NCAA or dictate looser rules to stay competitive. The moves have raised new questions about the role of money in college sports.

    Conyers said in his letter that he was concerned about the impact that conference realignment would have on lower-profile sports teams and smaller and independent universities -- especially historically black colleges and universities.

    The NCAA did not immediately return email and telephone messages Thursday, but NCAA president Mark Emmert recently told The Associated Press he was concerned about the perception that money is driving the decisions, saying, "this is not the NFL, the NBA, it's not a business." He urged school presidents to consider factors besides revenue when choosing conference affiliation.

    Conyers also wants to look into due process for athletes, the NCAA's use of athletes' images in video games without compensation, limitations of athletic scholarships, and the costs to players from injuries sustained during games among other issues.
    He said he understood that some committee members might have reservations about delving into these issues.

    "I would note, however, that modern-day college athletics is a massive business, with widespread economic impact on athletes, their families, broadcasters, and fans as well as universities and colleges all over the country," Conyers wrote.



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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    How about they concentrate on something truly important like the economy. Wouldn't that be novel? This should be so far down the list of things that our government should concentrate on fixing its borderline laughable.



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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneace55 View Post
    How about they concentrate on something truly important like the economy. Wouldn't that be novel? This should be so far down the list of things that our government should concentrate on fixing its borderline laughable.
    Exactly. Any congressman that gets involved in something like this needs to be replaced immediately. While it seems important to us diehard sports fans, it's ridiculous in the whole scheme of things.



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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    You mean just like they spent sessions asking Major League Baseball to tell their players to quit chewing. We have such a great government!



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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    there is no check to the imbalance of power that has been created by the media giants marketing the chosen brands, those that say congress need not intervene also should not be disappointed if or when schools like Iowa state are left out after 100 plus years of inclusion



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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    Quote Originally Posted by justcynn View Post
    there is no check to the imbalance of power that has been created by the media giants marketing the chosen brands, those that say congress need not intervene also should not be disappointed if or when schools like Iowa state are left out after 100 plus years of inclusion
    That's my feeling too.

    I understand why people are mad at the government right now, but I don't think most people realize the TV dollars flowing through our public universities and how college presidents are making foolish decisions in the name of greed that hurt not only athletes but a lot of other universities too.

    All the government would have to do is say, "Hey, we don't know the answers to all this realignment mess, but from now on we're appointing a commish to look out for the good of the game and hold universities accountable to someone not named ESPN."



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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneace55 View Post
    How about they concentrate on something truly important like the economy. Wouldn't that be novel? This should be so far down the list of things that our government should concentrate on fixing its borderline laughable.
    I disagree. College sports is a $150B/year business. That's the equivalent of about 1% of the GDP of the country. That's significantly more than most of the things that congress deals with, including federal spending on most federal departments. If you want congress to deal with economically relevant topics than College sports (and the billions of dollars spent on it annually) is very much in line with what you are asking them to deal with.



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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    Honestly, about all it will take to get Congress involved is to screw over a school in a state with powerful senators. Not saying that they should get involved, but the current exempt status is predicated on keeping a facade of academia covering up the obviously big business of athletics.



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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneace55 View Post
    How about they concentrate on something truly important like the economy. Wouldn't that be novel? This should be so far down the list of things that our government should concentrate on fixing its borderline laughable.
    It is this kind of thinking that has a lot to do with why our economy is where it is. Always trying to fix things after they are broken instead of putting 1/100th of the effort into figuring something out before it totally blows up. I'm not saying this should be the number one priority or anything like that. However, I think the TV money being dumped into college sports could be the next bubble to burst. Not as big as the Internet or housing bubbles but people seem to think (and spend) like TV contracts are going to exponentially increase forever. What happens if all these fat TV contracts start to dry up? Who pays the tab for all these facilities being built based upon future revenue then? If football becomes a money drain (like it was almost everywhere once upon a time) are schools going to drop football? Or is tax money going to start flowing into athletic programs to back fill the missing TV money?



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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    In related news, the government is searching for revenue sources of all kinds...



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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneace55 View Post
    How about they concentrate on something truly important like the economy. Wouldn't that be novel? This should be so far down the list of things that our government should concentrate on fixing its borderline laughable.
    Luckily for us, they are able to concentrate on more than one thing at the same time, and any committee that looked at something like this would not detract from the work of other committees involving other things.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneace55 View Post
    How about they concentrate on something truly important like the economy. Wouldn't that be novel? This should be so far down the list of things that our government should concentrate on fixing its borderline laughable.
    Quote Originally Posted by Istate View Post
    Exactly. Any congressman that gets involved in something like this needs to be replaced immediately. While it seems important to us diehard sports fans, it's ridiculous in the whole scheme of things.
    I disagree. Just a month or two ago when ISU was in danger of dropping to a lower conference, a lot of people on here were wanting the government officials at the state and national level to get involved.
    And to say they should concentrate on something more important is a little a little wrong as well. College athletics, namely football, is a billion dollar industry. It has major impacts on local economies. And lets not start on their tax exempt status'.


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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    "NCAA president Mark Emmert recently told The Associated Press he was concerned about the perception that money is driving the decisions, saying, "this is not the NFL, the NBA, it's not a business." He urged school presidents to consider factors besides revenue when choosing conference affiliation."

    Thats my favorite quote. The NC2A is really gonna run with that whole non profit bs, This whole realignment thing has really made me question my stance on tax deductible athletic dept. donations.


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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    i didn't read the OP's post or links, but this has to be pandering, plain and simple.

    they need to get together and do some real work instead of glad handing stupid topics like this.


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    Re: Some congressmen now calling for action on conf. expansion

    Even if I wasn't a college football fan I would at least want congress to have an eye on this situation. These are, for the most part, tax exempt institutions. If they are not making decisions that comport with their mission statements as institutions of higher learning then I want very much for their tax exempt status to be revoked.



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