Quite a bit. The NCAA is understandably concerned about any influence peddling that might arise in the summer. There's little doubt that people like Vaccaro have influence over players and can peddle it if they choose. In addition to his duties for Nike, Vaccaro is about to join a sports-marketing company called DIC Marketing, to which he helped deliver NBA rookies Billy Owens, Stacey Augmon and Dikembe Mutombo as clients. Owens played at the Nike camp while in high school, and Vaccaro signed Augmon's and Mutombo's college coaches, Jerry Tarkanian of UNLV and John Thompson of Georgetown, respectively, to $200,000-per-year sneaker contracts with Nike. Doesn't that create at least an appearance of impropriety?
Still, the summer camp legislation is far from a sure thing. For one, it's hard to imagine the dozens of coaches with Nike shoe contracts supporting legislation that would damage the Nike camp. Moreover, the NABC proposal may not even be a good idea. A handful of NCAA camps could not accommodate as many players as now attend camps across the country, which means some kids would be deprived of the chance to be evaluated by college coaches.
An alternative suggested by some camp directors is to have the NCAA license camps. That way, camps at which violations occurred would lose the right to have Division I coaches attend their sessions. Whatever happens, the battle seems sure to stay hot long after the summer is over.