Saturday, January 01, 2005
Saving the CIS - Part II
Since the NCAA is so freakin' great, why don't we just join?
There are a few good reasons not to join the NCAA. Here they are:
- Congressional Oversight. This would be a problem, since many of the NCAA constructs are overseen by the US congress, this would be tough. If we mirrored the US laws here in Canada (as they pertain ONLY to college sports) it might work.
- Title IX. We do most of Title IX on our own, but not all of it. We would have to get in line with the act to make a level playing field with the US counterparts.
- Scholarships. This one is easy. Start giving them, and we have no problem here.
- TV Coverage. We don't bring a US TV audience with us. We have to show off the Canadian TV audience we would bring, and we would have to be a part of the US TV deals. Tough with the CRTC in the way, but doable.
- Repeated and savage ass-kickings. In football and basketball, it would be ugly to start out. If, say, UBC joined the Pac 10, they would be losing by margins of 70 or more for a while. To overcome that would be awfully difficult.
Why do this? Check out Paul Wells opinion on the topic of enhancing Canadian post secondary education.