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Money Talks

Monday, October 26th, 2009

$4,400,000, 4,2,00,000, 4,000,000… No, these are not salaries of CEO’s. These are the salaries of the top paid college football coaches. Today, in Miami, the presidents of top level NCAA schools met to discuss reform in intercollegiate athletics. The presidents of these schools expressed that they feel powerless when it comes to controlling the athletic departments of their schools. The powerlessness is a result of the outside influence of sponsors and television networks. These outside influences provide the millions of dollars that sustain many of these programs. The figures above, indicting the top paid college football coaches, are telling as to the extent of money that is involved in college sports. Over 75 college football coaches make a million dollars or more. Many coaches, along with the large sums of money they receive, also get other perks such as access to private planes and lavish houses. There is no doubt that these coaches work hard and dedicate their life to their craft. Certainly, a great coach enhances a teams chance to win and a winning team has more potential to generate revenue for a school. The question becomes how much is a school willing to pay to win? Does the cost of winning come with the price of giving control over to corporations and not the administration of the school? At the end of the day the intended purpose of a college is to educate. College athletics are meant to enhance the college environment not dictate the environment. Stay tuned for more thoughts on this complicated matter.

Justin Mayer, Executive Director-ISPA

International Sports Professionals Association

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact:     Dr. John Mayer, President
The International Association of Sports Professionals

International Sports Association Locates in Chicago, IL  USA
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Chicago, IL—April 24, 2009— Dr. John E. Mayer (Chicago, IL)  president, announced the location of the International Association of Sports Professionals ~ ISPA in Chicago, IL. (USA) effective immediately.
The world of sports exudes controversy and the professionals who serve sports and athletes are often in an insightful position to comment on the social, physical and behavioral issues surrounding sports and athletes at all levels.

Dr. Mayer brings over 25 years of experience as a clinical and sports psychologist to the organization; Mayer specializes in teenagers and families, and is a noted author of several books, and a national lecturer and consultant. He has been featured in the media frequently and is an outspoken commentator. His most recent appearance will be on the Discovery Investigative Channel appearing in the series, Escaped! His first show in this series airs April 27, 2009 at 10:00 PM EST. Next, he will appear on that same series, May 18, 2009, at the same time and same channel.

Mayer remarks, “This is a turbulent time for sports. The problems within the world of sports should be addressed from within. More than ever, we professionals who serve athletes, coaches, the sports industry, families of athletes, schools and sports organizations should have the highest credentials and we need to speak out on the issues to ensure that sports participation is safe, drug free, and healthy physically, emotionally, and educationally.”

The ISPA is instituting an aggressive membership drive to review credentials of professionals who serve sports. It is particularly interested in expanding its credentialing of coaches, citing the critical need for coaches at all levels to be credentialed to train athletes.

The International Association of Sports Professionals (ISPA) is the largest credentialing service for professionals in sports. The ISPA sets standards for its membership by providing professional services to the sports world spanning children’s sports to professional athletes. The ISPA includes a wide variety of professional occupations from coaches, sport psychologists, physicians, accountants, agents, physical therapists, chiropractors, nutritionists, sport physiologists, trainers, and more. ISPA designates that member professionals adhere to a strict code of ethics and have met the highest standards in their fields to provide professional services to athletes and to sports. ISPA maintains a National Register of sports professionals; professionals listed in the register are the top professionals serving all domestic sports at all levels.
For more information, please contact Dr. John E. Mayer at 312-920-9522 or write to, or 55 East Washington Street, 38th Floor, Chicago, IL  60602.  More information regarding ISPA can be found at