Posted October 04, 2018 09:30:13By Joe O’Donnell and Michael FarrarThe NCAA should stop punishing athletes, according to a letter published Wednesday by the Center for Sports and Ethics at Columbia University.
The letter, co-authored by former NCAA president Mark Emmert, argues that the sanctions have a disproportionate effect on the athletes who have been hit hardest by the NCAA’s efforts.
The NCAA had already been targeting athletes for sanctions in 2016 for violations that took place between 2008 and 2018.
The NCAA has been under investigation by the Department of Justice and the NCAA Board of Directors for years over allegations that it violated anti-trust laws, including the sale of players’ personal information.
The board was recently approved by the Senate to begin the process of revoking the committee chairmanship of the Board of Trustees.
A new letter from Emmers argues that these new sanctions are “unprecedented in their breadth and in their effect.”
He says the NCAA has done nothing to curb its violations of antitrust laws since the board was created in 1978.
“These unprecedented measures are part of a broader effort by the Board to increase its leverage in its ongoing effort to achieve compliance with antitrust law and to undermine the competitiveness of the NCAA,” Emmerts letter says.
The new letter also calls for a “further investigation of all current and former NCAA members” and says that the NCAA should be forced to reveal “any information that may lead to the discovery of new violations.”
Emmermans letter adds that the new measures would be “inappropriate, and likely unlawful” under federal antitrust law.
“The Board’s continued efforts to undermine and penalize the NCAA are particularly offensive given the significant economic damage they have caused,” Emmers letter concludes.
The letter was co-signed by Emmerst, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., former New Jersey Gov.
Christine Todd Whitman, former Minnesota Gov.
Tim Pawlenty, former Michigan Gov.
Jennifer Granholm, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Virginia Gov.
Robert F. McDonnell and former NBA commissioner David Stern.
Emmerts’ letter follows a letter that was sent by former U