Football being eyed as NCAA’s next mandatory sport

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 11, 2016 08:47 PM
Football being eyed as NCAA’s next mandatory sport
MORE TO COME. As early as next year, the NCAA will be adding more mandatory sports to the four they already have.

As of this season, the 92nd in the league’s history, the NCAA only has four mandatory sports: basketball, swimming, track and field, and volleyball.

The most recent addition to that list was volleyball which was installed there just this year. All the other sports from the total of 14, meanwhile, are non-mandatory – ergo, not all 10 member schools participate in them.

That is all set to change beginning next year, if the league’s management committee is to be believed. “Every year, we will add a mandatory sport like we did volleyball this year,” committee chair Mari Lacson told ABS-CBN Sports.

Explaining the rationale behind their decision, Lacson shared that, from his point of view, only College of St. Benilde and San Beda College have fully-formed athletic programs. “It’s only fair for all member schools to maintain all the sports. It’s only force all member schools to complete their programs,” he said.

Indeed, the two have accounted for all of the league’s general championships in the last seven years.

The league official from San Beda expounded that once a mandatory sport has been installed, member schools will be given up to two years to put up a program. Anything after that and the erring member school will face sanctions yet to be specified.

And with the country’s top two sports, basketball and volleyball, already required for all member schools, the country’s first and oldest league is setting its sights on the world’s most popular sport. As Lacson put it, “To me, I feel that football should be the one we have next.”

He then continued, “We did it with volleyball now kasi, more or less, all the member schools have it. So eventually, we want to include football.”

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