The National Collegiate Athletic Association

A Study in Cartel Behavior

Arthur A. Fleisher III, Brian L. Goff, and Robert D. Tollison

Arthur A. Fleisher III, Brian L. Goff, and Robert D. Tollison

197 pages | 24 tables, 5 figures | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1992
Cloth $42.50 ISBN: 9780226253268 Published June 1992
Intercollegiate sports is an enterprise that annually grosses over $1 billion in income. Some schools receive more than $20 million from athletic programs, perhaps as much as $10 million simply from the sale of football tickets.

Probing the history and business practices of the most powerful sports organization of colleges and universities in the United States, the authors present a persuasive case that the NCAA is in fact a cartel, its members engaged in classically defined restrictive practices for the sole purpose of jointly maximizing their profits.

This fresh perspective on the NCAA's institutional structure helps to explain why illicit payments to athletes persist, why non-NCAA organizations have not flourished, and why members have readily agreed on certain suspect rules.

Offering a valuable case study for sports analysts and students of economics and cartel behavior, this book is a revealing glimpse inside the embattled NCAA program.
Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction
1. The NCAA as a Cartel
2. Economic Theory and the NCAA
3. A Synoptic History of the NCAA
4. Inside the NCAA
5. NCAA Enforcement
6. NCAA Academic Requirements as Barriers to Entry
7. Capture of the NCAA Regulatory Process
8. The State of NCAA Policy
Appendixes
Bibliography
Index
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