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Monday, August 01, 2005

NIT v. NCAA

The Not Invited Tourney is suing the Big Dance for anti-competitive practices. From the Sports Law Blog:


The NIT--which years ago was a genuine rival to the NCAA--is challenging the NCAA's requirement that, if invited, member teams attend the March Madness tournament. The NIT contends that the rule is anticompetitive, since it effectively eliminates competition for postseason basketball tourneys. The NIT maintains that postseason basketball should be open to competition, which could prompt schools to organize themselves (like in football), or lead to several March Madness-type tournaments (with, presumably, the NIT Tournament becoming more than just a losers' bracket). The NCAA disagrees, arguing that consumers and member schools benefit from a single national championship, and that, besides, member schools voluntarily assent to this rule.


Interesting. Here's a good question:

If member schools "voluntarily assent," why does the NCAA need the rule?

(Hat tip, Christine Hurt)

3 Comments:

  • The rule is obviously unneccessary. No team would turn down the NCAA tournament to go play in the NIT.

    I love the hypocrisy of the NCAA, though, in saying that "consumers and member schools benefit from a single national championship". Right. You'd have to be an idiot to think they should have multiple champions crowned by voters or computer ratings or something.

    By Blogger MDS, at 8:51 AM  

  • I agree MDS, but in fairness, the NCAA does TRY to have a single national championship in football. They just suck serious balls. And that's a really technical law term, "suck serious balls."

    By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 10:41 AM  

  • The NCAA is really looking to get slapped around in the future with their anticompetitive practices.

    Between this and when they try to outlaw native american nicknames (you think the Seminole tribe might not sue them for potential loss of marketing revenues)they are just asking to get taken to court.

    I won't be surprised if in ten years the major conferences tell the NCAA to "bite me" and go form a new college sports association.

    Rod

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:17 PM  

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