Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest J.J. Watt, Kevin Durant among sports figures honored on 'Time' Most Influential list Several athletes, including the Texans' J.J. Watt, Warriors' Kevin Durant and Olympian Adam Rippon, join Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey and others on Time's 100 Most Influential list. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports Published 11:19 a.m. ET April 19, 2018 CLOSE SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz looks at the top five quarterbacks of the 2018 NFL Draft and the teams that would be the best fit for each. USA TODAY Sports CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT … [Read more...] about J.J. Watt, Kevin Durant among sports figures honored on ‘Time’ Most Influential list
March Madness reaches a crescendo this weekend with the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. As you hang on every dunk, fast break and three-pointer, remember that everyone except the players will be cashing in on their skills. The NCAA will make $857 million from TV broadcast rights, which will be distributed to athletic conferences and member schools in a number of ways. The Atlantic Coast Conference's success in making this year's tournament translates into a bigger share of revenue; Syracuse University's cut will be about $2.3 million over the next six years. Also, coaches will earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses for leading their teams deep into the tournament. Athletic apparel makers will pay schools and coaches for wearing their logos. Americans will bet more than $10 billion - mostly illegally -- on the tournament outcome. As the size of the March Madness payday grows, the NCAA's bargain with the players becomes more lopsided, unjust and … [Read more...] about College athletes deserve share of NCAA tournament riches (Editorial)
SMU fans hold up balloons shaped to read “FBI” in a game against Wichita State in February. Former Wichita State players were among the names reportedly listed in the FBI’s current NCAA basketball investigation. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press) When music agent Norby Walters came up with a novel plan to break into the sports agent business in the 1980s — he wanted to sign college football and basketball players to secret contracts, agreeing to pay them thousands while they toiled as amateurs in exchange for their promise to retain Walters when they went professional — he decided to consult some lawyers first. This plan would flagrantly violate NCAA rules, the lawyers said, but it wouldn’t break any laws. So Walters got to work, signing dozens of pro prospects at colleges across the country. Then — because of Walters’s mob ties and rumors of threats of violence — the FBI got involved. Six years later, Walters was finished as a … [Read more...] about The FBI also probed payments to college athletes in the ‘80s. It didn’t end well.
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Mitch Albom: How to fix college athletics? Let them make their own money Why the FBI is spending money investigating college basketball is beyond me. Here's a solution that could fix college athletics. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 88 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press Columnist Published 12:00 a.m. ET March 4, 2018 CLOSE SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Steve Berkowitz takes a deep dive on how the recent controversy at Arizona could affect his income and breaks down the biggest salaries in college hoops. USA TODAY Sports CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 88 COMMENT EMAIL MORE As we grapple with the … [Read more...] about Mitch Albom: How to fix college athletics? Let them make their own money
Last Updated Nov 19, 2009 8:39 PM EST Are college athletes getting smarter? I don't know the answer to that question, but I do know that college athletes are now more likely to graduate. In fact, in the race to the graduation finish line, the jocks are beating out the rest of their classmates. Really! According to the latest NCAA statistics, 79% of Division I jocks, who started college in 2002, graduated within six years. For college athletes competing at Division II schools, which are generally less academically competitive, the grad rate was 71%. By far, women athletes enjoyed the best graduation rates. I've listed the top five college sports for men and women that produced the best graduation rates. Women Best Graduation rate Fencers 100% Skiing 95% Gymnastics 93% Lacrosse 93% Swimming 92% Men Best Graduation Rates Tennis 86.5% Water polo 86% Gymnastics 86% Skiing … [Read more...] about Are College Athletes Getting Smarter?