Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law

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In 2006, the National Collegiate Athletic Association ("NCAA"), the most powerful body in intercollegiate athletics, celebrates its 100th anniversary. In this article, the author undertakes to survey the NCAA's first twenty five years, offering a revealing snapshot of the beginning of intercollegiate athletics in the United States. As with the author's prior articles on this subject, this article continues the unique approach of using the proceedings of the NCAA and contemporaneous media articles to make its case. In so doing, the article challenges commonly held assumptions about the origins of present intercollegiate athletics policy, providing a much-needed history to frame judicial, legislative and educational approaches to intercollegiate sports regulation.