The sports and politics pages spent the year of 2016 colliding violently into each other, and now the leaders of college sports will spend 2017 being proactive on that front.
LEAD1 announced the formation of a political action committee (PAC) to represent the 129 FBS athletics directors on Capitol Hill. The group will spend its time stumping for issues FBS ADs find important.
Essential to the mission of the LEAD1 Association are influencing how the rules of college sports are enacted and implemented, advocating for the future of college athletics, and providing various services to the members, ranging from professional development to pooled purchasing arrangements.
The “advocating for the future of college athletics” is shorthand for getting Congress on the NCAA’s side in keeping amateurism in place.
“This is a positive move by the board of the Association to support the goals of its members in dealing with policy makers,” LEAD1 president and CEO C. Thomas McMillen. “At the annual meeting in September, the members agreed to hold next year’s annual meeting in our nation’s capital and to explore the formation of a PAC. With the PAC now approved, it further ensures that the concerns of the LEAD1 members will be heard by members of Congress, and other key decision makers in Washington, D.C. and across the country.”