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NCAA president being grilled by Senate committee

Mark Emmert

If you thought NCAA president Mark Emmert on the witness stand in the Ed O’Bannon trial was something, his day in front of a Senate committee must surely be a spectacle. The Senate Commerce Committee arranged to have Emmert as a witness for questioning regarding the promoting and well-being and academic success of college athletes. The goal of the committee is to get a better understanding of how the NCAA is integrating athletics with academics and to determine if student-athletes are being exploited in the process.

“Critics of the [NCAA] and intercollegiate athletics have contended that the NCAA and its member schools are not carrying out their mission to protect and promote the well-being of college athletes, and that reports of exploitation of athletes by colleges and universities have become commonplace,” a statement about the hearing read, according to Dennis Dodd of “In response to these concerns, Chairman Rockefeller, along with Commerce Committee Members Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), wrote the NCAA earlier this year to ask about the organization’s policies and its oversight of member institutions so that student athletes can be protected from potential exploitation.”

Emmert ws given plenty of time to prepare for this hearing. The NCAA president was sent a letter outlining the requested information and reason to have him as a witness back in late May. The letter highlighted various quotes from Emmert as well as relevant data from various reports and studies to support the reason for concern by the committee.

Emmert tends to keep his cool when under fire, sometimes by dismissing questions in a jovial way. That will not likely fly in front of a Senate committee.

Emmert will not be the only witness called to testify before the committee. Former Florida State player Myron Rolle and former North Carolina player Devon Ramsay and former athletics director at Temple, Bill Bradshaw, are also on the list of expected witnesses.

You can watch the hearing live online starting at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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8 Responses to “NCAA president being grilled by Senate committee”
  1. theanalyticalkid says: Jul 9, 2014 2:15 PM

    The guy looks like he should be married to Tammy Faye Bakker.

  2. theanalyticalkid says: Jul 9, 2014 2:17 PM

    Seems to have about as much in the way of ethics and morality too.

  3. Mo says: Jul 9, 2014 3:12 PM

    Reblogged this on The Student-Athlete Digest and commented:
    Perhaps this will be a meaningful step in providing student athletes with a voice. This could potentially lead to the creation of a system of checks and balances between the NCAA and Universities.

  4. mogogo1 says: Jul 9, 2014 6:09 PM

    “Emmert tends to keep his cool when under fire”

    If your definition of “keeping his cool” is “tends to make embarrassing comments that undermine his case” then I’m totally with you. Seriously, if he’s calm and cool when he makes some of these statements it’s scary to think what he’d say if he ever got flustered.

    This is the same guy who at the O’Bannon trial preached direct player endorsements were a terrible thing only to have the defense show a bunch of ads with players faces all over them where the NCAA and school were getting all the money.

  5. ducksk says: Jul 9, 2014 8:01 PM

    Maybe 1 of the 1st times I’m proud of govt. NCAA is a absolute scandalous. They care more about their own salaries and perks than any “student” athlete . The AD’s are right. Behind them. Let’s start completely over.

  6. ducksk says: Jul 9, 2014 8:04 PM

    NCAA approaching $1 billion per year . Emmeret salary and bennies not to mention enormous perks, over 2 million.

  7. ducksk says: Jul 9, 2014 8:09 PM

    USA TODAY Sports, shows that Emmert received:
    $1,201,159 in base compensation.
    $234,300 in retirement and deferred compensation.
    $214,947 in other reportable compensation.
    $23,689 in nontaxable benefits.
    Emmert’s total of $1,674,095 means he received 46% more in compensation than Brand did.
    In Brand’s final full year as NCAA president he received $1,145,880, which included $770,739 in base pay and $201,264 in bonuses and incentives. Brand died Sept. 16, 2009.
    The NCAA’s new tax return also provided an indication of the mounting legal pressure it has been facing.
    The association reported nearly $9.5 million in legal expenses during a fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2012 – more than what it reported for that spending category in its two previous fiscal years, combined. (While compensation data in the federal tax returns of non-profits are for a calendar year, the revenue and expense reporting covers the organization’s fiscal year

    Not bad for a non profit how can these scum look in the mirror. It’s all about $, not students, not athletes, shine the like on the roaches.

  8. ahugusf says: Jul 9, 2014 9:55 PM

    Only $180k for lobbying in 2012 . . . Will be interesting to see if that climbs

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