Joel Maturi, an ex-director of athletics for the University of Minnesota, thinks it is "insane" and "crazy" that some of the major NCAA schools make a large amount of money through sports.

But he adds that it is the reality in the United States, and he hopes that Japan can use the U.S. as a reference when it starts its own version of the collegiate governing body.

Speaking in a keynote speech for Japanese collegiate and governmental athletic officials and administrators at the International Congress Center in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, late last month, Maturi told the audience that he could give them some "suggestions and recommendations" of what might work in Japan, but did not intend to tell them what to do.