The National Collegiate Athletic Association has been around for almost one hundred years and in that time the organization has become one of the most dominant forces in sports. As this report intends to show the NCAA has established itself as a cartel colluding to limit competition and control almost all aspects of the product they serve. This report will also show that the NCAA is one of the biggest legal monopolies left. The NCAA, for the most part, has exclusive control of young and talented basketball and football players with hopes that they might one day make it to the professional level.
First, we begin with the history. The National Collegiate Athletic Association was created in 1905, established to find a solution to the recent rise in football related fatalities. President Teddy Roosevelt summoned representatives of Harvard, Princeton, and Yale to the White House to discuss the growing violence of college football, Roosevelt?s own son had recently broken his nose in a freshman football game at Harvard. Roosevelt threatened to proscribe intercollegiate football unless the game was reformed the NCAA was born. With a few rule changes, intercollegiate football was poised for a boom.
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