Robert Malekoff Letter Published in New York Times
Colleges threatening to leave the NCAA to avoid sharing their athletics revenue risk unintended consequences, Associate Professor Robert Malekoff says in a New York Times letter to the editor.
Quitting the NCAA “could move athletic programs one step closer to losing their nonprofit status — a possibility that Congress has considered in the past,” writes Robert, chair of the Department of Sport Studies.
“For some it is increasingly more difficult to make the case that college sports is clearly aligned with educational missions, and such a transparent money grab might lead to greater demand that major athletic powers pay taxes on athletics-related revenue.”
Robert’s letter, published July 14 as part of the newspaper’s Sunday Dialogue, was prompted by a letter written by John Thelin, a professor of education at the University of Kentucky.