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Entry from March 21, 2014
Not Caring About Athletes (NCAA backronym)

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit association that organizes collegiate athletic programs. Athletes are not paid salaries, and some people have accused the NCAA of making money for the colleges and ignoring the student-athletes. The NCAA backronym (back acronym) of “Not Caring About Athletes” has been cited in print since at least 1994.

“Eight Reasons Why In March, NCAA Stands For ‘Not Caring About Athletes” by Marc Edelman, published on Forbes.com on March 19, 2014, helped to popularize the backronymic nickname.


Wikipedia: National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In August 1973, the current three-division setup of Division I, Division II, and Division III was adopted by the NCAA membership in a special convention. Under NCAA rules, Division I and Division II schools can offer scholarships to athletes for playing a sport. Division III schools may not offer any athletic scholarships. Generally, larger schools compete in Division I and smaller schools in II and III. Division I football was further divided into I-A and I-AA in 1978. Subsequently the term “Division I-AAA” was briefly added to delineate Division I schools which do not field a football program at all, but that term is no longer officially used by the NCAA. In 2006, Divisions I-A and I-AA were respectively renamed the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

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Question about Notre Dame and the NCAA
David K. Magee
4/20/94
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It goes this way:  Either the Not Caring About Athletes (NCAA) is blind, or they have teams they “favor” and teams they do not.  TAMU, AUBURN, and UNLV are examples of schools on the NCAA deathwish list. 

Hogville.net
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Re: Mitch will be a summer mystery
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NCAA = Not Caring About Athletes

LEO Weekly (Louisville Eccentric Observer)
Ed O’Bannon sues NCAA
Posted by c d kaplan on July 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm.
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COMMENTS
cbcard
Posted July 21, 2009 at 9:35 pm
I have always said NCAA stands for Not Caring About Athletes.

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NCPA
‏@NCPANOW
Retweet & follow @NCPANOW if U oppose self-serving @NCAA hypocrisy that punishes players. NCAA = “Not Caring About Athletes” #LetDelvonPlay
2:15 PM - 1 Mar 2012

Seattle (WA) Times
Originally published March 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM | Page modified March 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Washington’s Katie Flood runs up against NCAA bureaucracy
When the dehydrated Huskies runner couldn’t provide a urine sample, NCAA officials should have delayed her drug test by a few hours instead of keeping her up before a big race.
By Steve Kelley
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But sometimes the NCAA acts like it stands for Not Caring About Athletes.

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Check out our new blog post about the NCAA : Not Caring About Athletes .  just click on the link http://elitetristatesports.com/collegeblog/
9:09 PM - 14 May 2012

Forbes.com
SPORTSMONEY 3/19/2014 @ 6:15PM
Eight Reasons Why In March, NCAA Stands For ‘Not Caring About Athletes’
By Marc Edelman
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1.  This month, the NCAA will make $770 million in television revenues from its annual men’s basketball tournament.  NCAA member schools will keep all of this money for themselves.  The student-athletes will be paid nothing.

2.  If college athletes were allowed to unionize, men’s college basketball players could reasonably expect to earn several hundred thousand dollars for playing in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  Thus, the NCAA has petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to deny student-athletes’ right to unionize.

3.  Yet even though the NCAA has argued that its athletes are foremost students and not ‘employees,’ the NCAA still schedules its early round men’s basketball games on Thursdays and Fridays – days that conflict with students’ academic calendars.

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Kelvin Reynolds
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Line of the day. “NCAA stands for Not Caring About Athletes.” Thanks Freddie Coleman @ColemanESPN
10:53 AM - 21 Mar 2014 from Tuscaloosa, AL

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