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Mark Emmert defends NCAA's unpopular rules
Mark Emmert defends NCAA's unpopular rules

There's a reason NCAA President Mark Emmert draws a yearly compensation package in excess of $1.7 million. Many reasons, actually. The NCAA netted a $32 million profit in the 2012-13 fiscal year. Emmert handles dicey questions without getting flustered, a skill he displayed Monday during a City Club of Chicago luncheon. And, really, who in his or her right mind would want a job defending practices that so much of America deems indefensible? Even for people like me who lean traditional — thumbs down to "pay-for-play" salaries — it's hard not to be disgusted by some of the slop Emmert serves. Granted, as he pointed out several times, Emmert does not make...