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Newspaper withdraws from NCAA sports polls~Ethical Reasons
Old 02-17-2007, 09:57 AM   #1
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Newspaper withdraws from NCAA sports polls~Ethical Reasons

Last week, however, that ended. Effective at the conclusion of the NCAA basketball season, the Express-News no longer will participate in the polling process for football or basketball. Here's why, said Steve Quintana, assistant managing editor/sports:

“We began reassessing our involvement in the AP poll more than 18 months ago when the issue of including the poll in the BCS (the NCAA's Bowl Championship Series) process came to a head. That presented some ethical issues, not only for us, but for many other newspapers.

When I think about it, the NCAA polls really do financially benefit universities enormously when you take into account that basketball Final Four teams and Football BCS bowl teams can reap upwards of $12,000,000 each year if they get to the final game. Why should newspapers and their sports editors decide who goes where? I can see the ethical dilemma that is posed. I wonder if other papers will follow suit?

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