The NCAA’s March Madness may be one of sport’s greatest money spinners and a spectacle in the true sense of the word for millions of viewers, but it’s no secret that the tournament is plagued with problems, ranging from the denial of the players’ right to compensation, to some truly odd rules governing play. Here are three basic steps towards a solution:
Recognizing fair rights for the players
Allowing players to receive payment for their performances and relaxing the abnormally stringent regulations governing their conduct and progress would go a long way toward leveling the field, and ensuring that even players who don’t manage to turn pro, or whose careers are cut short by injuries, receive fair treatment.
Narrowing the rift with NBA gameplay
There’s no reason why these two major tournaments of the sport should operate under such markedly different sets of rules. The shorter distance to the three-point line, for instance, greatly limits offensive play in the middle, and reduces options. Removing such differences would greatly improve gameplay, and the players’ adaptability on turning pro.
Regulate the excesses of commercialization
The sheer scale of the tournament’s commercialization often proves a dampener, whether with the unnecessary number of stoppages for commercial breaks interrupting games, or hindering true progress with the disproportionate use of the revenue from sponsors, enriching officials and executives, more than the players. Better regulation would engender true growth.
Adopting these simple measures would greatly benefit players, viewers and especially the game for, what good is sport, without fair play?