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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

gladwell.com: Abolish the NCAA?

Thought provoking post by Malcom Gladwell ("Tipping Point" and "Blink.") His underlying point is that a free and open market is best - a lesson that applies to virtually any economic situation.

Add in the fact that the NCAA is drastically authoritarian, and I wonder if we'd be better off without them.

However, there is so much $$$$ involved that I can't see a big change ever happening.

The other thought provoking part of the post: Gladwell's point about competitive balance. His 50-year data is surely likely to tilt even more towards concentrated power, given the BCS stranglehold on top post-season games.gladwell.com: Abolish the NCAA?

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