COVID, legislation, lawsuits signal change in college sports
FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2020, file photo, members of the Rutgers men's basketball team take a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland in College Park, Md. The coronavirus, combined with the harsh spotlight that shined on racial inequality in the United States, further exposed the exploitative side of a system that relies heavily on Black football and basketball players to bring in the bucks. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, official March Madness 2020 tournament basketballs are displayed in a storeroom at the CHI Health Center Arena, in Omaha, Neb. The dominos started tumbling in March, when the NCAA abruptly called off March Madness, given no choice but to forgo a nearly $800 million TV payment that helps keep the entire college sports machine running. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
FILE - This is an April 25, 2018, file photo, showing NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. As 2020 came to a close, there were at least 116 Division I programs at 34 schools slated for the chopping block, with that number expected to grow. A debate was brewing about whether there was a true financial need to drop the programs or if the schools were merely using the pandemic as a convenient excuse to make moves they'd wanted to make for a long time.
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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Madison Square Garden in New York sits empty after NCAA college basketball games in the men's Big East Conference tournament were cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus. With the virus raging in March, several conferences called off their postseason basketball tournaments, and the NCAA canceled the billion-dollar bonanza known as March Madness, proceeds from which trickle down in some form to almost every Division I school in America.
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)