How Will the NCAA Punish Miami?
Follow @GretchenMargAugust 19, 2011, 9:55 am ET
This week’s sports bombshell comes at the hands of Yahoo! Sports reporter Charles Robinson, who’s published a damning investigation into illegal benefits given to University of Miami athletes by former booster Nevin Shapiro. Shapiro, who is currently in jail for his involvement in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, came forward with his story about a year ago. The piece is well worth a close read.
While it’s clear that Shapiro’s actions — which include providing athletes with “cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion” — were wildly illegal according to the NCAA rulebook, one Sports Illustrated writer offers an interesting argument about amateurism and the league’s next steps in the matter.
Michael Rosenberg suggests the NCAA won’t hand down the “death penalty” — temporarily shutting down Miami’s football program — in part because it makes them too much money. His theory:
Of course, we’re just at the beginning stages of what’s bound to be a messy few weeks. But with the NCAA raking in huge sums of money with its larger sports programs, its decision on Miami could signal the league’s direction amidst recent calls for reform, particularly on the issue of compensating athletes.
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