If universities cannot afford to pay their athletes, the NCAA president argues Congress must. 

Congress must act to preserve the “95 percent” of athletes whose eligibility to play collegiate sports would be threatened by a court ruling or regulatory decision declaring them school workers, according to NCAA President Charlie Baker. 

Baker told a small group of reporters near the NCAA's Washington office that Congress might grant the NCAA a limited antitrust exemption, which his predecessor, Mark Emmert, failed to do.  

This would allow the NCAA to make rules protecting college sports without fear of litigation. 

After a Tennessee judge determined Friday that the NCAA could not ban NIL money from recruiting athletes, his views became more urgent. 

Baker declined to comment after receiving the verdict from reporters. 

The NCAA stated that the verdict “will aggravate an already chaotic collegiate environment.” 

He stated Division II and III schools and historically Black colleges and universities would not function with the employment paradigm. 

Baker claimed 95 percent of institutions lose money on college athletics, spending $40 million to $5 million. Without TV contracts, nobody can look at their income statements or balance sheets and see how they can earn money. 

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