The National Collegiate Athletic Association

1060 WordsJan 24, 20165 Pages
Over the last few decades, the empire of college sports has become one of the all-time great ventures. Division I college football programs typically generate between $40 and $80 million in profits a year, even after paying coaches multimillion-dollar salaries. With so much money, many people -- including the press -- fear these powerful college programs because of their ability and size over the smaller organizations. The NCAA, however, does not. No matter how powerful a program or how popular or important an athlete or coach might seem, the NCAA regularly sanctions athletes, coaches and programs that break the rules. Since the 1950’s, there have been numerous scandals produced by college athletes and coaches including Derek Rose, Jerry…show more content…
Today, it conducts 80 championships for 20 sports and divides teams into Division I, Division II, and Division III for different levels of competition. The NCAA also compiles statistics for all sports. Its membership has grown to include about 860 educational colleges. Over time, the NCAA has made mistakes but has learned from them, refining their old rules and becoming less lenient about infractions because of the quantity of occurrances. New cases have shown them their mistakes in the past. Helping them learn so those mistakes are not repeated (“National”). While the NCAA governs all sports in the intercollegiate level, it is also trying to be more aggressive about addressing what seems to be a growing problem of academic fraud among college athletes. The NCAA is rethinking its position in the academic fraud role of sanctioning “cheating athletes”. Reports about college athletes cheating with their school work have increased in recent years. Many athletes consider college to be a necessary stepping stone to playing professional sports. Schoolwork is less of a priority for athletes hoping to “go pro’’ in their sports. Some colleges allow their athletes to get good grades in made up classes or even graduate without doing much school work. The Ivy League schools, however, have done an exceptional job and require athletes to have a certain GPA to
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