The National Collegiate Athletic Association has spent nearly as much money on lobbying efforts this year as it did the last three years combined -- and there's still a fiscal quarter to go. The NCAA has so far spent $470,000 on lobbying, both in-house and through the firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, according to OpenSecrets.org. In the last three years, the association spent about $500,000 total.
The efforts were all related to concussions and athlete well-being, the website reported. Officials in Washington are increasingly interested in the NCAA's efforts -- or lack thereof -- to reform college sports. In the last year, lawmakers have held a Senate hearing, sent pointed questionnaires to member institutions, and began drafting legislation that would create a presidential commission on college sports.
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