On January 20, 2022, the 1,082 member institutions of the NCAA will have another opportunity to demonstrate their willingness to enter another “Faustian bargain” – a deal with the devil at the price of one’s soul.
If approved, the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) will operate with little or no restraint. It will retain voting control of the NCAA’s Board of Governors and the Division I Council and the Power Five conferences will control the management of the College Football Playoff.
What is the Faustian bargain? This “temptation of the devil” deal from 1996 is all about fame and money.
Read more below and learn why NCAA member institutions should vote no.
For all of us who love the good that college athletics does for the personal development of individual athletes and the excitement and pride it brings to campus, community, and alumni, we also know it is possible to realize these outcomes without doing harm to athletes or institutional integrity. It was difficult in 1996 to foresee the extent of greed and exploitation now pervasive in the college athletics enterprise. Not so today. This week, NCAA member institution votes will be cast with full knowledge of the bargain – money or athlete well-being and education?