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The National Collegiate Athletic Association Cartel: Why it Exists, How it Works, and What it Does

Allen R. Sanderson and John Siegfried ()
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Allen R. Sanderson: University of Chicago

Review of Industrial Organization, 2018, vol. 52, issue 2, 185-209

Abstract: Abstract In this essay we consider why American colleges and universities participate in big-time commercialized intercollegiate sports, and how sports came to play such a prominent role on American college and university campuses. We also review how the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) developed as a body to regulate player safety and transformed itself into an economic regulator, the means by which the NCAA attempts to maintain its control, increase revenues, and reduce costs for college sports programs. We also examine how the organization succeeds in the face of institutional characteristics that imply that its cartel activities would be doomed. Finally, we speculate on what changes might be on the horizon for the NCAA and college athletics.

Keywords: Cartel; Market power; National Collegiate Athletic Association (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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