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NCAA spends $580,000 on lobbying Congress in 2014

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After hiring a new lobbying firm last June, the NCAA spent $580,000 on lobbying in 2014, three times more than it had ever spent in a year before, according to USA Today.

The move comes after the NCAA has taken heat and brought on more lawsuits, and could potentially use Congress or other branches of government to save their model of amateurism. However, the NCAA's lobbying efforts have come under fire when they claim to be only spending money on helping student-athletes, and are instead spending money on campaigning against those athletes receiving financial benefits.

The NCAA isn't the only association to spend big bucks on lobbying. According to the article, the NFL spent $920,000 in just the first nine months of 2014.