About the importance of equity, Representative Mark Walker, a Republican from basketball-crazed North Carolina, has an idea: Tweak the tax code to say that “amateur sports organizations” cannot “substantially [restrict] the use of an athlete’s name, image, or likeness.” So the NCAA, epicenter of the college-sports industry, would forfeit its tax-exempt status — let’s not dwell on that absurdity — if it continues forbidding athletes from making money from their names.

An ordained minister, Walker understands mankind’s fallen nature, so he knows that rivers of money from boosters and others might flow to star players for, say, endorsing a local car dealership. A believer in redemption, perhaps Walker understands that improvement of the multibillion-dollar entertainment industry that is parasitic off educational institutions must begin by forcing it to confront its foundational hypocrisy about amateurism.

In 1957, Queen Elizabeth, attending a Maryland–North Carolina football game, asked Maryland’s governor, “Where do you get all those enormous players?” He replied, “Your majesty, that’s a very embarrassing question.” In college basketball, there are many such questions.