Published OpEds

"Thinking beyond the payoff from a playoff," Chicago Tribune, June 14, 2012.
Major change is on its way to big-time college football after years of debate among fans, sports media, Congress and even President Barack Obama about how the sport crowns its national champion. The conference commissioners, campus leaders and television executives who control the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision appear to be on track to create a playoff to determine a national champion starting with the 2014 season.

The debate has now turned to the obvious issues: how many games will be played, how teams will be chosen and whether current bowl games will survive the transition from the Bowl Championship Series to the new playoff system.

Far less attention has been paid to a much more significant question. How will revenue from the football playoff be distributed, and can it be used to reclaim some of the integrity lost by college sports in recent years? more

"Promoting Academics", New York Times, March 13, 2012:
Advocating policy change to emphasize the “college” in college sports has been the mission of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for more than two decades. Two core principles in its most recent report, Restoring the Balance: Dollars, Values and the Future of College Sports, are to treat college athletes first and foremost as students — not as professionals — and to reward practices that make educational values a top priority.

"College sports spending out of whack" Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sept. 17, 2010
The college sports offseason was filled with news of record-breaking television revenues, lucrative multibillion-dollar television contracts and a reshuffling of athletic conference affiliations designed, in part, to maximize television market share. To the American public, big-time college sports may seem to be the only sector that is recession-proof. It’s not.  Financial data recently released by the NCAA show that only 14 college athletic departments turned an operating profit in 2009, down from 25 programs in both 2007 and 2008. In fact, only seven of these programs...

"Playoffs not the answer to college football's financial crisis" Washington Post, Dec. 19, 2009
The college football bowl season begins today, with 34 games scheduled from Dec. 19 to Jan. 7. We expect to hear renewed calls from journalists, fans and politicians for a big-time college football playoff. A panel of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee recently moved forward with legislation that is designed to change the current football postseason structure and force a playoff, leaving some with the impression that a playoff is the most important issue facing the 120 college presidents who control major college football. It is not...