Found December 20, 2011 on Crystal Ball Run:
Whenever news comes down like today's announcement by the NCAA of sanctions against Ohio State stemming from Tatgate, a reasonable and well-intentioned segment of college sports fans and pundits inevitably raise the idea of using monetary fines to punish scofflaws. The suggestion makes sense on its face. What better deterrent against cheating than hitting schools in the pocketbook? Plus, a fine doesn't directly harm the current athletes, who didn't break the rules, in the same ways that losing scholarships and bowl bans do. It sounds good in theory, but such a system of enforcement would be a nightmare in practice. First, there's the matter of figuring how much violations should cost the penalized parties. Let's say, for instance, that the NCAA set standard fines for violations – lack of institutional control costs $100,000, academic fraud costs $75,000 and so on. How do you set the right price on a violation so that it equitably penalizes schools with differe...
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