Jim Delany: "We do some exploiting, and we need to do something about that…we need to look at that in a more honest way."—
Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 28, 2014
Aw, that’s nice. In the meantime, you don’t go to war with the antitrust exemptions you want, but with the ones you have.
Delany often says he is all about “choice’’ for the athletes. “If you don’t want to be in school, don’t be in school,’’ is his simple answer. He believes in the free market. You ask him about the crazy paychecks for coaches, and he fires back, “What about it?’’
Then he’ll explain how the Big Ten doesn’t have anti-trust exemption. “Unions and management have antitrust exemption, the NFL does, so does major-league baseball. We have Title IX and other constraints.
“One time we tried to control not only the number of coaches but the amount of money they could make, and it ended up costing us, I think, $55 million in antitrust settlements.’’
Big Jim wants to go Galt on the players’ asses.
Delany is a libertarian. That is, he believes things will be fine if people work hard and seize the opportunities before them.
Yet he doesn’t like the individualism he sees in games.
“I have no sympathy for Johnny Manziel,’’ he said. “I have none.’’
Manziel was Texas A&M’s quarterback who wanted to profit from his signature and likeness. “I don’t believe Johnny Manziel is Texas A&M…’’
Except Johnny Manziel isn’t arguing he is Texas A&M. He’s just wondering why the school doesn’t cut him in for a piece of the action when it gets twenty large for the privilege of letting boosters sit with him.
Greedy little shit. Doesn’t he know that 90% of the NCAA’s revenue goes to support college athletes?