Amateurism, for the win

I think if I were representing the O’Bannon plaintiffs, I’d just submit this to the court along with my motion for summary judgment and call it a day.

The NCAA doesn’t even bother to fake a sense of shame.

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UPDATE:  Looks like the reform process has commenced.

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25 responses to “Amateurism, for the win

  1. Dog in Fla

    The NCAA Executive Committee won’t like Jay Bilas when he gets mad

  2. TL

    The real surprise is how there are only 4-6 Manziel products and there are literally a dozen Aaron Murray shirts and jerseys.

  3. Cojones

    Hey! What’s the beef? The NCAA paid A&M $20k to have the right to sell…..uh….they said they weren’t in this business anymore, didn’t they? Oh! That just pertains to EA Sports and the lawsuit? But…but…but they don’t make any money off player likenesses anymore. Are you saying a jersey with the #2 that has the A&M colors is a likeness? That could apply to any school with maroon colors and a persona that’s indicative of #2. That would be schools and players like…um…uuhh….wait a minute, I’ll get it….um…

  4. PTC DAWG

    Easy, don’t take a scholarship….promote yourself, go play in Canada….players have choices…

    • Cosmic Dawg

      I am ordinarily totally fine with letting two adults work out whatever contract they want to. However, surely something in your capitalist heart cries out when we see collusion on this scale (the NCAA + the schools) funded / abetted / protected in no small part by your tax dollars. If the market was working, schools would slowly start to pay players a little here and a little there until an equilibrium existed, but this is price-fixing. It’s also inefficient, as schools currently have to compete for players based (in part) on unnecessary amenities, many of which the players would give up in return for their value in cash.

      The players aren’t allowed to sell property that belongs to them, work a job, etc, yet their *personal* – not team – achievements can be used by a stinking cesspool of a scumbag institution like the NCAA, via old-fashioned RENT-SEEKING (remember, the NCAA is not truly producing or contributing anything to this particular process but a website) and legislative leverage to keep out natural competition, pure and simple.

      …and have the nerve to sit there and lie about it.

    • fuelk2

      It’s a little different in that he’s a professional now. More interesting is that even up and coming players’ names (like Gurley for which there is no pre-made #3 jersey) get you to his team’s custom jersey.

  5. fuelk2

    I’m sure the NCAA will just blame its vendor for embedding player names, but I would respond that the NCAA has a duty to monitor. Ridiculous.

  6. section Z alum

    astonishing stupidity.

  7. Dog in Fla

    “UPDATE: Looks like the reform process has commenced.”

    No one could have predicted that Jay Bilas, a Dookie, would be the Guido Fawkes who commenced today’s ShopNCAAsports.com reform process

    • Hogbody Spradlin

      Guido was his real name? Interesting. Learn something new every day.

      • Dog in Fla

        His descendants landed on and now inhabit the Jersey Shore where they spend more time on their perfect hair than their girlfriend guidettes do

  8. http://www.shopncaasports.com/search/nnnnnnn

    Just replace the ‘nnnnnnn’. They only changed the screen, did not remove the function from the Canned Site software.

  9. Russ

    Gee, are they even trying?

  10. OK, they removed the links. Guess they are shredding the backup tapes at Iron Mountain offsite storage a la Enron next – chuckle

    • Dog in Fla

      That explains why the Donald Remy was recently spotted emerging from the Oliver North Memorial Room with Fawn Hall at the Iron Mountain Resort and Spa