Congressman Calls NCAA The Mafia

Tuesday November 1st, 2011

The Associated Press reports that Democratic congressman, Bobby Rush of Illinois, compared the NCAA to the Mafia in reference to its contentious relationship with student-athletes.

“I think you would compare the NCAA to Al Capone and to the Mafia,” Rush said.

The statement was made at a congressional forum on the “back-room deals, payoffs and scandals” in college sports. The NCAA has been mired in scandals occurring at various high-profile programs such as Ohio State University and the University of Miami.  Recently, new legislation was approved granting student-athletes $2,000 in addition to their full-scholarships and more rigid academic standards.

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