About being “consumer friendly”…

One irony I’m struck by in reading Michael Elkon’s post about Roger Goodell’s authoritarianism streak is that while many of the “owners” in college football are in fact state institutions, unlike the NFL, it’s the latter that’s managed – quite successfully – to make itself into something that shies away from free market principles as much as possible.  It’s a neat trick.

That’s not to say that college football is pristine.  With its tax-exempt status, how could it be?  But at least there are elements of competition between the conferences and between the schools on the recruiting trail which tend to make the college game more free wheeling than the pro version.

And Michael’s conclusion numbs my soul:

… The NFL has to be careful with resentment on the part of its fans towards its players.  That resentment has elements of race and class (a combination of conservative and liberal themes!) and is stoked by the sports media, which often have little food on their table, but have a lot of forks and knives and have to cut something.  (See the comment in King’s piece by a tailgater in Cincinnati.)  By becoming the avenging angel for fans, Goodell is responding to taste of the market.  Not all bad qualities of the NFL are the result of its suckling at the government teat.  Then again, if the point is that the NFL is an emblem of authoritarian, state-aided capitalism, then Sheriff Goodell fits right in.

I’m certainly not a Mark Emmert defender, but at least he doesn’t wield the kind of power over players Goodell does.  (God help us if he ever does.)

I don’t doubt that the powers-that-be in college football wish their sport’s structure could emulate the NFL more closely in certain ways (most college presidents would give their left arms for an antitrust exemption, I bet), but as a fan, I’d rather have more competition in how things are run than in having a player penalized for sending a tawdry text message.  Jim Delany may be a consummate asshole, but if I were a Big Ten fan, I’d sure appreciate the fact that he loses sleep thinking about how to better Mike Slive.

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12 responses to “About being “consumer friendly”…

  1. crapsandwich

    Quote of the month Senator, “Jim Delany may be a consummate asshole, but if I were a Big Ten fan, I’d sure appreciate the fact that he loses sleep thinking about how to better Mike Slive”.

    That we can hang pride on in the SEC.

  2. Irishdawg

    Further evidence of what a hacktastic fluffer Peter King is. King wants to retain his precious access, so of course he’s going to kiss Goodell’s ass.

    One noteworthy difference between the NCAA and the NFL; the NFL seems much more consistent with it’s disciplinary decisions. I’m still floored by the Cam Newton and the Ohio State decisions made by the NCAA.

  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    “I’m certainly not a Mark Emmert defender, but at least he doesn’t wield the kind of power over players Goodell does. (God help us if he ever does.)”

    While the direct power is not vested in Emmert, his organization does, in fact, have significant power over every player in every college sport….or at least that’s my perception….and AJ Green’s.

    And Cam Newton and the Tatgate Five.

  4. Macallanlover

    As much as I dislike Delany, and disagree with much he says, the man does do his job well and seems in sync with the Big 10++ presidents and ADs. It is yet to be determined how the SEC presidents and AD feel about the fiasco Slime caused this past Fall. I would hope they take issue with the SEC office. Along with the officiating, the recent stances taken by the SEC office has brought shame to what should be the Golden Era of the Southeastern Conference. Hard to actually say the SEC may be at the bottom of the talent pool in those two areas, but I have to say I would trade commissioners and refs with anyone at this point.

      • Shane#1

        I have no love for Delany either, but the guy does fight his conference. However, Delany has no right to point a finger at the SEC after Tatgate. I don’t really mind an ass if said ass is consistant and GOES BY THE BOOK! The same rules that apply the tOSU should apply to Perdue, no matter how much money a team is bringing into the coffers.

  5. 69Dawg

    College football is governed by a big dart board or so it seems.

    • Macallanlover

      I saw what you did: used the first letters of “douche bag” but finished it as “dart board”. Haven’t you heard? Being PC is soooo outdated.