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NCAA Pledges to Reform Men’s Basketball

National Collegiate Athletic Association president Mark Emmert promises to act fast on recent allegations concerning men’s basketball. Ahead of the start of next season, Emmert wants to implement recommendations offered by the NCAA’s independent commission on college basketball. The NCAA created the committee following an unearthed scheme that lured basketball recruits with cash to attend certain schools. Emmert said the NCAA’s Board of Governors had reserved $10 million to carry out the commission’s recommendations, which the NCAA expects to receive in April. Additionally, starting next fiscal year, the NCAA will dedicate $2.5 million annually to reform the sport. Check out Inside Higher Ed for more on the NCAA’s attempts to reform men’s basketball.

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Supreme Court Upholds NCAA Amateurism Model

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an antitrust case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) involving its amateurism model. Announced Monday without explanation, the Supreme Court’s decision upholds a district court’s ruling that NCAA rules restricting compensation for college athletes is a violation of antitrust laws. The decision is likely to allow for similar antitrust lawsuits to challenge the NCAA’s limitations on paying athletes, so long as plaintiffs can prove offering compensation would not hinder demand for college sports. More on the NCAA antitrust lawsuits is available on Inside Higher Ed.


New Rules Limit Time Demands on Ivy League Athletes

Ivy League conference presidents have enacted new rules that limit time demands on athletes. Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, athletes returning from a road trip will receive a 10-hour break from participating in official athletic activities. In addition, athletes will receive a two-week recovery period following the end of their team’s season. The Ivy League’s restriction of time demands on athletes comes at a time when the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s major conferences have failed to adopt similar rules. Read more on the Ivy League limiting time demands on athletes via the Inside Higher Ed website.

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Inside Higher Ed Reviews NCAA Division I Infractions

In a review of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (“NCAA”) major infractions database, Inside Higher Ed has discovered that 96 of the 351 Division I colleges committed major violations in the past decade. The number of violators was considerably high among colleges that play in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and even higher in regard to universities with membership in the Power Five conferences. Akin to previous NCAA data reviews, the number of colleges that have committed infractions has held steady over the past few decades. For more on Inside Higher Ed’s NCAA Division I analysis , visit the Inside Higher Ed Web site.