5. 🎓 The NCAA makes rules, not laws
With California's Fair Pay to Play Act dominating headlines and lawmakers across the country considering similar bills, it's important to remember that the NCAA makes rules, not laws, and that it has no authority when it comes to actual legislation.
In other words: "It's illegal for an athlete to receive a huge payment from a booster in the same way it's illegal for you to collect $1,000 in Monopoly money when passing go," writes The Ringer's Rodger Sherman.
- "Sure, the NCAA makes rules for how its member institutions should operate, and if you break those rules the NCAA could prevent your school from playing in a prestigious tournament or a bowl game. But it's the government that actually makes and enacts laws.
- "Sometimes this can get confusing, because the NCAA has previously tried to punish schools that break laws (like when it issued sanctions against Penn State for its officials' failure to report the crimes of Jerry Sandusky) and because courts and federal agencies have previously decided to enforce NCAA laws (like the FBI's attempt to crack down on corruption in college basketball).
- "When a state government passes a law asserting jurisdiction over how college athletics works, though, the NCAA can do little else besides whine and hide."
Go deeper: NCAA's defeat in California shows limits of a besieged juggernaut (NYT)