NCAA Hypocrisy, Mark Emmert HBO Real Sports: The Beginning of the End

Michael CampanellaContributor IMarch 31, 2011

WASHINGTON - MARCH 17:  NCAA President Mark Emmert address the media during a press conference before the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Verizon Center on March 17, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The billions of dollars pouring into Collegiate Athletics has changed the face of sports forever.  The rules that govern the universities, athletes, coaches, media, boosters, fans and all other entities are antiquated.  The organization that controls all these parts, with a tyrannical hand, needs to be disbanded.

In the Bible, the book of Revelation describes a "harlot riding a wild colored beast" who commits fornication with the "kings of the earth and the traveling merchants of the earth who became rich due to the power of her shameless luxury."

Sound familiar?

College sports bring in an estimated $4 billion dollars annually. Coaches get paid in the millions while sponsors pay in the millions.  Universities rake in the cash, as well as the head of everything. The NCAA gets $10 billion for just college basketball.

The players see none of it. Not now, not later, not while they're playing and not after. 

The NCAA continues to sell game footage to advertisers, and commercials are filled with these "amateur" athletes—video games are filled with the "likenesses" of these kids, now and from 20 plus years ago—yet they still never see a dime of it. 

Meanwhile, BCS Bowl CEOs make $650,000 or more for one game!  The money funneled into these Bowls is being spent on assistants' weddings, strip clubs, destination golfing trips and political fundraising events. 

Coaches are covering up illegal activities by their players when they know full well that these star athletes would be suspended for the season—hence ending a run for a BCS Title game and costing the team upwards of $16 million for that one game.

Poor kids raised in bad neighborhoods are being handed money in "money shakes" by the hundreds, and bags full of money by the thousands.  Yet, how can you blame them? 

They could use any dollar they can get. Now they're being handed way more than they could dream of.  Not to mention the whoring out of young women to these men to bring them to their schools.

Please don't tell me about how they get a free education, either. They don't want it!  They are there for one thing and one thing only: to play their sport and achieve a professional status.  College is the perfect farm system, and training programs for the NBA and NFL are funded by commercialism and advertising. Everyone at the programs make millions except the main employees—the players.

How can you blame these kids for taking the handouts?  They are poor and needy.  It's not even greed on their part.  They're just getting chump change from the people handing it to them.

All of this stems from the flaws in the rules, regulations and the organization that makes them and enforces them.  And the enforcement of these rules is suspect at best by not punishing the transgressors evenly and equally.  The hypocrisy abounds.  It needs to be destroyed and rebuilt. 

The rules are broken, and the system is defunct. Big-time schools and universities are going to get tired of being punished for breaking these rules and for continuously punishing their staff and students for doing certain things that are just a normal part of life: being compensated for the work you do.

The NCAA turns a blind eye to some, and comes down with an iron fist on others.  Inadequacies and inconsistencies are rampant. 

When does the time come where the institutions being governed say "enough is enough?"  Why should we continue to ruled by this Fascist regime who has unlimited power and wealth, yet takes zero responsibility for the corruption it empowers?

Oh sure, in light of all these new allegations, the NCAA and president Mark Emmert will run around and levy heavy fines, sanctions and suspensions upon most implicated.  Just like the Queen of Hearts yelling "off with their head, off with their head." 

What happened to that Queen again?

What usually happens to every dictator that spends its time and efforts suppressing, crushing and punishing all of its subjects?  Eventual anarchy.

Yes, the NCAA will contest that they have no part of the cheating and illegal activities—by their laws and guidelines—and distance themselves from the perpetrators by stating they are "policing" these ones. Yet, as the money grows, so does the correlation with law-breaking. And all this is happening under their watch.

When a specific company is found to be involved in illegal activities or scandals, who is the main one to fall?  The head of that company. 

When a team fails to perform and live up to higher standards who get the axe?  The coach, or even higher, the general managers.

Yes, as the issues and problems escalate to untold heights each and every year, it's all happening under the watch and the care of the NCAA.

Will it take the U.S. Government to intervene and uproot this dysfunctional committee?  It's been done before with major corporations, but usually when illegal activities are have been brought before the Federal Court.

Most likely, though, it will be time for the educational institutions to band together, retake control of their own destinies and dissolve the worthlessness of the NCAA. To create new laws and regulations that allow student-athletes to be compensated based upon their performance—during their tenure at school and after.

"The traveling merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of [their] fear of her torment and will weep and mourn saying, 'Too bad, too bad—the great city richly adorned with gold and scarlet...because in one hour such great riches have been devastated!"