Congress Investigates Intercollegiate Athletics: Are You Ready?


Recently the United States Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing entitled Promoting the Well-Being and Academic Success of College Athletes. The hearing’s purpose was to examine whether the NCAA is fulfilling its stated mission “to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education” as well as to “examine whether the commercial operation of college athletics is unfairly exploiting the talents and services of college athletes.”

While former student athlete Myron Rolle offered inspirational and enlightening testimony, the comments of Devon Ramsay were troubling and disturbing, as they suggested failure on the part of both the NCAA and its member institutions to support the academic achievement of student-athletes. NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert, in particular was subject to harsh questioning by the Senators present who all raised serious doubts about the NCAA’s achievement of its mission statement’s goals and the overall experiences of student-athletes. At the end of the hearing, Committee Chair Senator Jay Rockefeller warned that this Committee would be keeping a close eye on the NCAA and what steps it takes as a body to improve the current state of college athletics.

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