Judge Philip Padovano of the First District Court of Appeals, a Florida state court, ruled last week that the NCAA must give a number of plaintiff newspapers in Florida copies of the documents the NCAA reviewed when deciding what sanctions it would levy against the Florida State University football team.
This is a really interesting court ruling in the private agencies required to disclose area. The rationale for disclosure is that the documents, simply, relate to state business. The gymnastics the NCAA went through to shield the documents from disclosure did not impress Padovano.
The 26-page ruling is full of great lines. One of them is, “The right to examine these records is a right belonging to the public; it cannot be bargained away by a representative of the government.”