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A N&O forum on how to fix what’s broken in college sports

Given the money at stake in major college revenue sports, it was inevitable that a scandal would strike. Now it has, with federal charges against 10 men involved in schemes to funnel money to players and coaches to steer recruits to teams or pledges to sign with Adidas or certain financial advisers or agents.

In response to the FBI probe, the NCAA has created a commission led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that will recommend major changes in the way college sports operates. The bribery case and other abuses will be the subject of The News & Observer next Community Voices forum focused on: “How to fix what’s broken in big-time college sports.”

Panelists for the event are Amy Perko, CEO of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Sports and former basketball All-America at Wake Forest; Richard Southall, a University of South Carolina professor and an expert on college sports management and ethics; former N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Bob Orr, who has sued the NCAA on behalf of athletes who say they were denied an education; and News & Observer reporter Dan Kane, whose reporting revealed athletes enrolled in fake classes at UNC.

The forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the N.C. Museum of History. It is free and open to the public, but please register in advance under Community Voices at eventbrite.com.

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