New NCAA regulations may widen top conference wealth gap

Northwestern's football team participates in an NCAA college spring football practice Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Evanston, Ill. | AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

The NCAA is expected to approve a measure that would give more autonomy to top conferences, including the Big 10 in which Northwestern competes, and potentially widen the wealth gaps. The New York Times reports:

“The head football coach at Alabama makes $6.9 million a year, and his staff is also very well paid. The offensive coordinator makes $680,000 a year, and the defensive coordinator makes $1.35 million. The strength and conditioning coach earns $395,000.

At Ohio State, the football team moved into a $2.5 million, 10,000-square-foot locker room at its training complex, complete with a deluxe lounge outfitted with high-definition televisions. It also has a waterfall.

When Florida State and Auburn qualified for last season’s Bowl Championship Series title game, their conferences each received $18 million.

[Read full story at the New York Times]

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