Feel like this post needs more attention, thanks for pointing this out. Parity is already dead.What parity? In basketball, 16 of the last 20 championships have been won by teams currently ranked in the top 11 of the AP poll. UConn has 3 of the other 4 and then Syracuse. There are over 350 teams in D1 basketball, 15 of them run the show. In football 15 of the last 20 championships have been won by teams currently ranked in the top 11 of the AP poll. The same teams are at the top all of the time right now.
I disagree with your pessimism (or the pessimism of the article's author). Yes, nothing has yet changed, but even though the actual action today was not a bylaws change, they literally said out loud that they are going to determine a way for athletes to get paid for their name and likeness. That they also said "consistent with the collegiate model" is obvious since they are regulating collegiate athletics and don't want it to devolve into just another set of professional leagues. True, the NCAA could still screw this up royally, but the fact that they said those words publicly to me indicates they aren't operating in bad faith. Maybe not 100% good faith, but not bad faith.
It's true that I believe the NCAA will only work towards its own self-interest. I don't think of it as pessimism, but no problem if you disagree. Heck, maybe they've seen the light. But consider what it's taken so far to move the NCAA:
1. NCAA was found to be restraining trade in losing the O'Bannon lawsuit. That was filed in 2009, and the appeal was over in 2015.
2. There are other lawsuits in process, one of which is being presided over by the same judge
3. The public hates the cesspool that NCAA rules have spawned, and the bad PR of scandals has gone from a drip to continuous stream.
4. States know the NCAA wouldn't willingly change, so they're forcing it with their own remedies.
5. NCAA has never given up on the capped expense model, even after the ruling, and every year they delay is more money to them.
So in 2019, they release a statement that if you parse it, you see massive holes.....
In my view, saying they've changed would be like saying a convict changed because he was dragged to his prison cell, and then released a statement that he will comply with the court's judgment despite his innocence.
who IS the NCAA? I understand it’s all about the money/cash cow. But, who are the shareholders to get the money?