How did we get here? As a society, what do we want? Wasn't the goal of higher education...higher education? These are the questions rolling around in my little brain.
As much as I dislike the NCAA, the California "Law" is an over-rotation on college athletics. I don't think the CA Law is a good thing, but it does put some pressure on the NCAA to come up with something better. Now that State Gov't has wanted to get involved in college athletics, it is only time before the Federal Gov't weighs in on how their funding is used. The NCAA has had 40+ years to build a better college athletics model, but they've been too busy counting revenue for themselves, member institutions, and negotiating broadcast deals. All of the sudden, the NCAA is looking like the more reasonable option, but they better up their game and keep academics at the center of higher education.
As always, JMO.