Sports fans mark your calendars for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (today) for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program.

Moderated by Dr. Arthur Ogden, Chair of Sports Management at USSA, the program features commentary on a wide range of current events in the sporting world from a panel of experts from The Sports Academy.

This week, the Sports Talk topic is entitled, “Autonomy and the NCAA’s Power 5.” The panel will focus on the NCAA’s five power conferences (SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big 10 and PAC 10) and how last week’s ruling by the NCAA Board of Directors will be another step in providing autonomy to the group.

Along with Dr. Ogden, the panel will include: Dr. Stephen Butler, Dean of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies.

To view the panel discussion live, visit the Academy’s Google Plus page at

The program will also be available for viewing afterwards at the USSA’s YouTube site at The USSA’s Sports Talk program features discussions on current sports topic each week by Academy faculty and staff.

Some questions that the panel will discuss on Wednesday include:

1.      Does there seem to be a conflict between the stated missions of the institutions and their athletics programs?

2.      Is all of this really market driven?  And if so, what has become of college sports?

3.      What does this do to the NCAA’s long held notions of “amateurism”?

4.      Will any of this be affected by Title IX, and if so how?

5.      At the same time, what if the NFL goes through with Troy Vincent’s suggestion that the NFL creates its own “Developmental League” – will this have any effect on this level of college sports?

6.      What will this ultimately do to the NCAA as we have come to know it?

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