- Aug 22, 2011
Yes there is. Come down too hard on blue bloods, and they will bolt and set up a separate athletic organization.Exactamente. I don't agree with those who make the "bite the hand that feeds you" argument. after the Supreme Court decisions in the 80s that gave the schools control over their TV rights, the only source of revenue for the NCAA in India-noplace became the TV rights to their championships. D-1A football is a non-championship sport. The NCAA gets a grand total of $0.00 from the regular season and the bowls. They whacked USC-w hard over Reggie Bush. That had zero effect on their revenue stream.
In basketball, the CBS contract is the moneymaker. The contract specifies exactly how much the NCAA will receive in a given year regardless of who is or isn't in the tournament for whatever reason. If dook plays in the tournament they get $X. If dook doesn't play because the VLF's back has fallen apart again and they have another losing record, they get the same $X. If dook doesn't play because they finally got caught and are on probation, India-noplace gets (you guessed it) the same $X. The contract runs through, IIRC, 2024.
There's no financial incentive for them to look the other way. Plus, if they whack a blue blood in a sport, the other schools that don't cheat feel the playing field has been made a little more level.
If the top 60 schools left the NCAA, it would go broke.