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It does strike at the fundamental integrity of college sports, because it does blow up the notion of fairness, and it strikes at the fundamental notion that these student-athletes are not employees.feedback
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Oct 11 2017
This page is completely dedicated to what Mark Emmert has to say. All of Mark Emmert’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Mark Emmert came from an article called Amid Scandal, N.C.A.A. Forms Commission to Reform Men’s Basketball: “Our model of sport, and I don't know anybody in higher education leadership positions who disagrees, is predicated on the fact that student-athletes are not employees of universities. If we're paying someone $100,000, that's twice the household income of America. I don't know how that person's not an employee.”.
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Apr 04 2017

Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships. We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.feedback

Mar 31 2017

Everybody loves being in North Carolina for our games. It's a state obviously that in many ways is synonymous with college sport. Nobody made the decision to leave North Carolina casually. It was a very, very difficult decision for the board to make. And I'm sure the next decision will be very difficult as well.feedback

Mar 30 2017

We made clear that absent any change in the law we weren't going back to North Carolina. They've changed the law. Now the question is, whether or not this new bill has changed the landscape sufficiently that the board's comfortable in returning to North Carolina.feedback

Mar 30 2017

We can't control what states' laws are, nor should we. All we can do is make sure that we're making decisions that are grounded upon the right kind of values and providing the best opportunities for our students.feedback

Mar 30 2017

I'm personally very pleased that they have a bill to debate and discuss. The politics of this in North Carolina are obviously very, very difficult. But they have passed a bill now and it'll be a great opportunity for our board to sit and debate and discuss it.feedback

Mar 30 2017

The board had four problems with that bill, they've removed some of those but not all of them. They've removed two or three, but is that enough?feedback

Mar 30 2017

We're trying hard not to second-guess where states are going to go and not go. There were something like five states that had similar bills of various forms and none passed. I don't know that we should presuppose what a state is going to do. I know the Texas speaker doesn't think this is a very good bill and he's very powerful there.feedback

Mar 17 2017

That's up to the Legislature of North Carolina. They make their decision and other entities can respond to it. Whatever decision they want to make is between them and the citizens of North Carolina. I personally respect that enormously.feedback

Mar 17 2017

We have stated very clearly our views and values. I fully expect the board and I will act accordingly. To presuppose what any state is going to do is presumptuous, and we'll wait and see what happens there or anywhere else.feedback

Mar 17 2017

The N.C.A.A. represents 1,100 universities and colleges; we reflect their views and their values. They happen to be different constituencies.feedback

Mar 15 2017

The board and I remain committed to maintaining a college sports experience that is inclusive and fair for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. As the next round of site selections is underway, this commitment has not changed.feedback

Dec 07 2016

What do we, the membership of intercollegiate athletics, want bowl games to be? Are they a 13th game that's an exhibition game? Are they a reward for having won something? We have teams in now that can get into a bowl game having won two or three of their conferences games.feedback

Dec 07 2016

I think the last round was very disruptive. It had a negative impact on so many schools, even personal relationships. It was hard and I'm glad we didn't have to go through that again. Even on a smaller scale.feedback

Dec 07 2016

I've always said and always believed that Penn State first and foremost is a great university ... and secondly it's got wonderful sports traditions. How could you not be pleased that they're playing good football again? That's very good stuff.feedback

Dec 07 2016

He and I have chatted a lot about that issue, and obviously I disagree and obviously, more importantly the board of governors disagreed.feedback

Dec 07 2016

I think what Penn State went through is an awful situation and it's still playing out sadly.feedback

Dec 07 2016

I think a conference championship ought to count for something. I think how you determine your champion is up to somebody else. I'd like to see all five of the conference champions get in the playoff.feedback

Dec 07 2016 - Homosexuality

One of the considerations we have now as we make those decisions, as the sport committees make decisions about where they go, is going to be LGBT rights. I think and hope and believe, maybe wishfully, that North Carolina will modify their position because citizens want that.feedback

Dec 07 2016

I don't have strong opinions about it in any way, but it does beg the question: What are bowl games about?feedback

Sep 13 2016

There's, of course, Division II and III conferences that have a lot of events in North Carolina as well. They'll have plenty of people involved in the debate that were also engaged with the NCAA. But those are going to be individual decisions, not national association's. Nor should they be.feedback

Sep 13 2016

At the end of the day, the board was looking at the core values of college sports in America.feedback

Sep 13 2016

There will be some financial impact for the association, but the board is well aware of that and they recognize the issue was more important than the finances.feedback

Apr 01 2016

We're trying very hard to be situation-specific, to represent the views and values of intercollegiate athletics and higher education aggressively and to make people understand that we think some of these laws are movements in a direction that are not supportive of what we stand for and make it very, very hard, if not impossible, for us to operate in those states or those municipalities.feedback

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