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Couch: Kavanaugh’s Last Word Leaves NCAA Good As Dead

You’ve got to give the NCAA credit. They ran this scam much longer than anyone would have imagined. They sold it so well. Remember? Amateur sports were about purity and not being tainted by the evils of money. Ha! That way, our education system — Haha! — pulled in billions of dollars in revenue from football and basketball, got so tainted and greedy and dirty and didn’t have to share any of it with these pure, virginal athletes. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t exactly bury amateur sports or kill off the NCAA, but just about. The path is clear now. The justices ruled unanimously that the NCAA can’t limit college athletes’ compensation to tuition, room, board and scholarships. They didn’t rule that athletes could be paid, but only that they can get more benefits if those benefits are “education-related,’’ like a computer or an internship. But that’s clearly just step one in this dance. Amateurism and the NCAA are now dead on arrival in future lawsuits. The NCAA is “not above the law,’’ Justice Brett Kavanaugh said. “Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.