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Economist states what we already know in O’Bannon vs. NCAA trial

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Tensions were flying in day two of the Ed O’Bannon vs. NCAA trial that started this week. The story of day two was the testimony of economist Roger Noll, a professor of economics at Stanford, being called to the stand as an antitrust witness. Noll’s ability to avoid taking bait from NCAA lawyers was uncanny according to multiple reports, and during the testimony the economics professor stated what may of us already know; college coaches are cashing in on the current structure of the NCAA.

Just within the last couple of weeks we saw Alabama make Nick Saban a seven-million dollar man* and Auburn confirm pay raises for the entire coaching staff. One glance at the most recent database of coaching salaries compiled by USA Today shows just how much head coaches are making these days, and sometimes just the price of hiring a coach takes a toll as well.

Noll was not one to mince words when it came to his views on the NCAA. He referred to the organization as a cartel that profits off the students without giving enough in return. Meanwhile, coaches receive bigger and better contracts each season. Furthermore, Noll even suggested the autonomy talks lend more credence to the idea that the NCAA is a cartel. The topic of autonomy has been discussed for a while now and seems to be receiving enough support from the power conferences and members to make it a reality. While schools may be focused more on being able to use more of their revenue to provide more for student-athletes, Noll thought otherwise.

“He focused on the basics,” attorney Michael Hausfeld, representing the plaintiffs, said. “The NCAA is known by all economists as a cartel, which creates restraints and harm. And the victims of that harm are athletes.”

The NCAA may have held its ground on day one of the trial, which featured O’Bannon stepping into the witness chair for testimony, but day two may have shown a few more cracks that were expected to be revealed in trial. The trial resumes late Wednesday morning.

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9 Responses to “Economist states what we already know in O’Bannon vs. NCAA trial”
  1. osage44 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:47 AM

    Just remember, Prof. Noll was paid well to give testimony favorable to his employer.

  2. friarjack61 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:29 AM

    Teachers and Professors are at schools to educate students, towards a planned degree program. Coaches are there to develop winning teams, while most, do not care about their jocks getting degrees.
    So, what is more important to the school: extremely well paid coaches, whose team members, seldom graduate but do generate needed extra revenue, or teachers/professors who are in place to educate students to degree fulfillment, so they can become the future in all cultures/businesses in our society ?

  3. rolltide510 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:55 AM

    “Coaches are there to develop winning teams, while most, do not care about their jocks getting degrees.”

    How do you know what most coaches think about their players earning degrees? The answer is nothing; it just fits your preferred narrative.

  4. friarjack61 says: Jun 11, 2014 11:03 AM

    To rolltide: Your slanted view, fits your username. One only has the check the graduation rates, in the major colleges, for basketball, and football, any you will learn something, if you can comprehend facts !

  5. raysfan1 says: Jun 11, 2014 1:10 PM

    If you do bother looking up overall graduation rates, you will discover athletes actually graduate within 6 years of matriculation at a slightly higher rate than the general student body.

  6. sparky151 says: Jun 11, 2014 2:30 PM

    The whole point of the NCAA’s rules against schools paying athletes is to prevent competition in recruiting. That’s classic cartel behavior.

  7. rponciano says: Jun 11, 2014 4:09 PM

    Roger Noll made some awesome points, however, not all coaches are cashing in. Coaches who have been railroaded by the NCAA’s enforcement staff by past corrupt investigations are having a tough time in the business. But one has to love professor Noll’s testimony. It seems he understands, “Integrity, Fairplay, and accountability”.

  8. Greg Harrod says: Jun 11, 2014 10:27 PM

    So people think that football and basketball players should get paid because thats where the money comes from. What about all the other athletes including the female athletes? Ever heard of Title IX? Just a small federal law that requires male and females at universities to be treated equally. So where does that money come from and how much do they get?

  9. motobus says: Jun 12, 2014 8:41 AM

    Sure, they can paint relative to whatever their sports make.

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