John Conyers of Michigan has it right at the U.S. House of Representatives in urging Congressional hearings on college sports.
Fred Frommer of the AP via the Washington Post has the story at Congressman urges hearings on antitrust issues in college sports.
Conyers says that the impact of conference realignments on smaller schools in terms of the antitrust laws should be examined.
He also recommends an examination of the rights of college athletes in general in terms of due process considerations, including the legality of NCAA use of player images in video games without compensation, the right and sense of the NCAA to limit athletic scholarships for whatever reason, the costs of player injuries, etc.
The head of the NCAA told the AP in reply that one could not compare the situation with pro sports, because college sports is "not a business".
Legally correct, but far removed from the actual reality.
As Conyers puts it in his proposal for hearings, as submitted to the House Judiciary Committee:
"I would note, however, that modern-day college athletics is a massive business, with widespread economic impact on athletes, their families, broadcasters, and fans as well as universities and colleges all over the country."