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E&C Leaders Seek Briefing into Alleged College Basketball Bribery Scheme

Sep 28, 2017
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) are requesting a briefing from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and sports companies involved in the evolving college basketball bribery scandal. They released the following statement this afternoon:

“The federal government’s investigation into sports companies and basketball coaches at numerous colleges across the nation is extremely troubling and puts into serious question the NCAA’s ability to oversee its own institutions.  In addition to any criminal activities, these allegations raise concerns about the effects of these predatory schemes on youth athletes and how hidden financial connections between advertisers and endorsers influence young consumers.  We are requesting that the NCAA and the involved companies brief the committee on the actions they are taking to ensure that similar schemes are not happening in other sports, and how they intend to prevent it from happening in the future.”