NCAA Spends Record Amount on Lobbying

October 27, 2014

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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