Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush Compares NCAA to the Mafia


Al Capone once said: “capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.”

Many people today believe that idea is best illustrated by the NCAA, the ruling body over the multi-billion dollar college basketball and college football industries.

I guess you can include Democratic congressman Bobby Rush in that group; he compared the NCAA to the Mafia in regard to its control over the lives of “student athletes.”

According to the AP, the Illinois congressman: 

“made the accusations at a congressional forum on college sports called to look at the impact of “back-room deals, payoffs and scandals” in college sports.

Says Rush: “I think you would compare the NCAA to Al Capone and to the Mafia.”

Rush spoke after hearing from a couple of mothers of student athletes who complained of ill treatment by schools after their sons suffered injuries.”

The NCAA hasn’t responded yet. But then again, this report has been live for barely an hour yet. I applaud Rush, my home state congressman, for invoking Capone as the Boss Don in his analogy instead of more modern mafiosos like Pablo Escobar or John Gotti. And he went real life in the comparison instead of referencing the Corleone family or Tony Montana.

No matter what you think of the idea to pay college football and basketball players, or of Rush’s politics, you got to commend him for reppin’ Chicago. You see, before Michael Jordan or those obese, Bears obsessed fan Saturday Night Live characters came along, do you know who the #1 character associated with Chicago was?

That’s right- Capone! Traveling anywhere in the world in the 1980s, I found it to be the first name people dropped when I told them I was from Chicago. So I leave you with another “Caponism:”

“I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.”

Remember that the next time you find issue with this site’s over-publishing of sexy sideline reporter/cheerleader pics.

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  1. I would think that Bobby Rush has more important issues to deal with that the NCAA which certainly works more efficiently than Congress. He needs to fix his House before he wastes his time with issues that do not directly impact his constituents.

  2. Donna Banks says

    Where ever there is money to be made there will be shady deals, and unfortunately, college sports is a money making machine. To believe anything else is to be naive.

  3. you think this idiot of a congressmen would be able to see what the Dem’s are trying to do to the country then. ignorance at its best here.

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