Ben Strauss


Selected stories from The New York Times

On college sports and the changing face of the N.C.A.A.

Football Major, Basketball Minor?

Examined whether college athletes deserve academic credit for playing sports

N.C.A.A. Must Allow Colleges to Pay Athletes, Judge Rule

News story on the historic ruling that struck down the N.C.A.A.’s amateurism defense

N.C.A.A. Deal Revamps Head Injury Care

Broke the news of the N.C.A.A.’s proposed concussion settlement

After the Game, Reality Sinks in for a Lineman

Spent a day in Berkeley with former Cal player Kendrick Payne, now a Lyft driver

Face of the N.C.A.A., Battered Early and Often

Profile of N.C.A.A. Prez Mark Emmert ahead of the O’Bannon trial

A Fight to Keep College Athletes from the Pain of Injury Costs

A study of some of the long-term health issues faced by some former college athletes

At Northwestern, a Blitz to Defeat an Effort to Unionize

An inside look at the school’s push to win the vote

Fault Lines Appear at Northwestern Over Union Vote

Reported on the fractured opinions around campus with the football team’s union vote looming

The Big Ten’s Bigger Footprint

The rise of the big business of the Big Ten and commissioner Jim Delany

Booster Proud of His Largess and Game-Day Parties

A former booster dishes about what he calls the good old days



M.L.B. Has Plan to Let Cuban Players Sign Directly With Teams

Broke the news of a proposal to the State Department to sign Cuban players around the embargo

M.L.B.’s Good-Will Tour of Cuba Is Hardly the Last Word

Traveled with MLB's delegation, including four Cuban ballplayers who were allowed to return home, to Cuba.

Cubs’ Last Link to a World Series

A visit to Boston to find Lennie Merullo, the last living Cub to appear in a World Series

The Pride of Wichita State, Whatever it May Actually Be

Tracing the evolution of WuShock, college sports’ best mascot

For Baseball Old-Timer, Numbers Aren’t the Story

White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson really hates analytics

How the National Anthem Turned Into a Blackhawks Rallying Cry

Where did one of hockey’s most venerable traditions come from?

Studying X’s, O’s and the Torah

Profile of Aaron Liberman, an Orthodox Jewish basketball player at Northwestern

Friendship as Priceless as the National Pastime

Two best friends with Hall of Fame husbands looking back at a lifetime of baseball and more



My book, Indentured: Inside the Rebellion Against the NCAA (written with the great Joe Nocera), tells the story of a group of renegades--sneaker pimp Sonny Vaccaro and union leader Ramogi Huma, among them--who have taken on the NCAA over the last 15 years, through lawsuits and public pressure. It also follows the rise of college sports as big business, profiling Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and others. Indentured has been recommended by Bob Costas, Buzz Bissinger and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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I'm also a contributing writer for The New York Times, based in Washington, D.C. Before that, I was a press secretary on Capitol Hill. You can follow me on Twitter @benjstrauss or email me at

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