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The National Collegiate Athletic Association : a study in cartel behavior

Author: Arthur A Fleisher; Brian L Goff; Robert D Tollison
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Intercollegiate sports is an enterprise that annually grosses over $1 billion in income. Some schools may receive more than $20 million from athletic programs, perhaps as much as $10 million simply from the sale of football tickets. Drawing on nontechnical economic data, the authors present a persuasive case that the premier sports organization of colleges and universities in the United States--the NCAA--is a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur A Fleisher; Brian L Goff; Robert D Tollison
ISBN: 0226253260 9780226253268
OCLC Number: 24064982
Description: xi, 190 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The NCAA as a Cartel --
2. Economic Theory and the NCAA --
3. A Synoptic History of the NCAA --
4. Inside the NCAA --
5. NCAA Enforcement --
6. NCAA Academic Requirements as Barriers to Entry --
7. Capture of the NCAA Regulatory Process --
8. The State of NCAA Policy.
Responsibility: Arthur A. Fleisher, Brian L. Goff, and Robert D. Tollison.
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Intercollegiate sports is an enterprise that annually grosses over $1 billion in income. Some schools may receive more than $20 million from athletic programs, perhaps as much as $10 million simply from the sale of football tickets. Drawing on nontechnical economic data, the authors present a persuasive case that the premier sports organization of colleges and universities in the United States--the NCAA--is a cartel, its members engaged in classically defined restrictive practices for the sole purpose of jointly maximizing their profits. This fresh perspective on the NCAA offers explanations of why illicit payments to athletes persist, why non-NCAA organizations have not flourished, and why members have readily agreed on certain suspect rules. Tracing the historical development of this institutional behavior, the authors argue that the major football powers in the early 1950s were able to gain control of the internal processes of NCAA enforcement. Over time--as other schools' teams improved and began to win on the playing field--the more powerful institutions applied pressure to bring the newcomers under NCAA investigation and, ultimately, to place them on probation. By carefully managing NCAA enforcement regulations, major schools blunted the threat to their continued growth presented by other teams. Offering a valuable case study for sports analysts and students of economics and cartel behavior, this book is a revealing glimpse inside the embattled NCAA.

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