Friday, October 06, 2006


Our nation is at war. Our president is engaging in illegal wiretapping. Iran and North Korea are developing nuclear weapons.

So what is the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee focused on?

The NCAA's tax-exempt status.

Less important than college football's relationship with IRS.

In a sharply worded letter to NCAA President Myles Brand, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee points to the lucrative television contract, coaches' escalating salaries and schools' "state-of-the-art" facilities, and questions college athletics' connection to higher education.
"Most of the activities undertaken by educational organizations clearly further their (tax) exempt purpose," Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif., writes. "The exempt purpose of intercollegiate athletics, however, is less apparent, particularly in the context of major college football and men's basketball programs."

You don't see the education in this?

In all seriousness, I think almost everyone has some problem with the NCAA. But questioning it's not-for-profit status? Come on.

Want to do something about the fact that college football seems to be money over academics? Fine. Want to ask about Brand's pay? Fine. Want to say the programs are unaccountable? Fine.

Haul them before Congress. But find a way to do it that makes sense.


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