In response to the sanctions that Mark Emmert and the NCAA handed down to Penn State back in July, a petition has been filed on the White House website to “support a Federal investigation of the NCAA sanction process.”
White House petitioning — a campaign called “We the People” — is part of an initiative to give grassroots efforts access to the federal government’s ear. If a certain threshold for signatures is met, the petition will be forwarded to the appropriate department for an official response from the White House, and action may be taken. The annoying step — and possibly the biggest threshold from petitions going viral — is actually creating an account to sign the petition. But if I know Penn Staters, that won’t stop them from signing this thing.
The petition discusses how the “unbridled power” of the National Collegiate Athletic Association has a severe impact the economics of the universities, students, and host towns. This refers to the NCAA’s ability to deliver sanctions to any university with a major athletic program. Since November 28th, the petition has received under 300 signatures, but needs to reach a total of 25,000 signatures by December 28th in order to reach the next threshold.
The creator of the petition, Charlie B from Jefferson, Pa., calls the NCAA an “unaccountable monopoly” because universities like Penn State cannot leave the association. This forces schools like Penn State to comply with any sanctions the NCAA doles out.
In order to sign this or any other petition on the website, you have to create an account by going here. This petition is going to serve as a vindictive tool for all those frustrated students and alumni who own those ever-popular “WE ARE…PISSED OFF!” shirts and want to give the NCAA a taste of their own investigation-launching medicine.
(Here’s another link for the petition if you are interested.)