My point is, there certainly seems to be a lot of money generated that doesn't appear to have a specific purpose for dissemination. Which brings me back to the sattelite camp issue. My proposal is that the NCAA organize and fund the camps. There are a lot of benefits to this idea. First, it takes any ownership and funding out of control of individual schools. If the NCAA is really concerned about some schools gaining an advantage over others, then why not give every student-athlete and every school the same opportunities? If the camps are held regionally, they could be virtual combine types of gatherings, minimizing travel issues and costs. Depending on the number of camps, perhaps coaches and athletes could attend up to a certain number or the NCAA could offer travel money to kids that can't afford the cost of attendance. I'd much rather like to see the NCAA engage in that type of activity than spending money making and enforcing arbitrary and seemingly unnecessary regulations.
If the organization can't use its extensive funds to add value for student-athletes, then I strongly recommend that the NCAA is disbanded and we find some other way to manage the activities of college athletics, including organizing and running championship events. It just seems like the current version is bloated and intent on spending a lot of money on unnecessary activities, including staffing, travel and enforcement. I'd rather see funds spent on research for football and lacrosse safety, ways to educate student-athletes on life after competition, programs on domestic violence prevention or any number of other positive activities. Is is easy? Absolutely not. But the money is getting out of control, whether it be contributions from boosters or salaries for high profile coaches. There are a lot of ways to spend money for the benefit of student-athletes without paying them. It's time the NCAA or its successor to get a little more creative.