NIL is already making Mark Emmert reconsider the future.
According to multiple reports published on Thursday night, NCAA President Mark Emmert told of a small pool of reporters that the “time is right to consider a decentralized and deregulated version of college sports, shifting power to conferences and campuses and reconsidering how schools are aligned.” The proposal included minimizing the amount of control placed upon student-athletes along with the overall powers of the NCAA.
“When you have an environment like that it just forces us to think more about what constraints should be put in place ever on college athletes. And it should be the bare minimum,” Emmert said, per The Associated Press.
Following the introduction of name, image, and likeness legislation last month, the NCAA is in a situation where the organization has lost a significant amount of power.
Only three media outlets were granted access to the interview.
After a Supreme Court loss and NIL reform, NCAA President Mark Emmert said the time is right to decentralize and deregulate college sports
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Reports indicate that Emmert wasn’t making a recommendation, but explaining how he sees the future of college athletics. He wants to redistribute the power down to the conferences, adding that each sport should be governed in its own way.
“We have had this tendency to be as homogenous as we can in treating every sport identically, and that doesn’t work,” Emmert reportedly said. “We need to say field hockey is different from football and not get so hung up on having everything be the same.”
It sure sounds like he knows he’s in some trouble here. But even still, it’s about time Emmert said something actually helpful…
You can read the full report from the AP right here.