Ah, yes… the great American tradition of state legislators stepping in where ADs fear to tread is alive and well.
If it passes, I wonder how those dudes will feel about the law the first time it costs one of those schools a shot at the new playoff.
Something tells me that Mark Emmert doesn’t have time for the shit President Obama is laying down in this interview:
… if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football. And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence. In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.
I tend to be more worried about college players than NFL players in the sense that the NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies. You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That’s something that I’d like to see the NCAA think about. [Emphasis added.]
And that’s probably a mistake. You may disagree with the man’s politics, but it’s hard to deny that Obama’s good at reading public sentiment. This concussion thing is moving fast – or at least faster than people like Emmert are. You ignore subtle warnings like that at your own risk. And the risk the NCAA and the colleges run is that they may be one big tragedy away (like, say, a death on the field) from having control of player safety taken away from them.
Unfortunately, if there’s one thing the NCAA isn’t good at, it’s being proactive.
A brief primer on the other story from the title game, in the form of five questions:
As for this, just shoot me.
UPDATE: Mr. Conventional Wisdom gets the penultimate observation…
I still don't get Musburger controversy. If Katherine Webb doesn't have a problem with Brent why should anyone else? Brent is good guy.—
Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) January 09, 2013
… but it’s Josh Kendall for the win.
You mean Katherine Webb is not upset at Musburger for increasing her name recognition at least 100 fold? I'm shocked.—
Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) January 09, 2013
Am I the only one who finds this amusing?
In denying the state’s request to dismiss the lawsuit by the NBA, NHL, NFL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp agreed that they have standing to file the suit because expanding legal sports betting to New Jersey would negatively affect perception of their games.
In his ruling, Shipp cited studies offered by the leagues that showed fans’ negative attitudes toward game-fixing and sports gambling.
Stacey Osburn, director of public and media relations for the NCAA, said the association was “pleased with the court’s ruling. The NCAA has long maintained that sports wagering threatens the well-being of student-athletes and the integrity of college sports.”
Aside from the legal wagering on college sports in four states and the illegal wagering that goes on every place else, they may have a point.
If it were illegal to post a spread on a college football game, ESPN’s viewership on Thursday nights would be nonexistent for much of the time.
Ed Kilgore sent me to this new PPP Georgia survey, which asked the following musical question:
Q14 Do you consider yourself to be a Georgia or
Georgia Tech fan, or are you not a fan of either
Georgia Tech 17%
Not a fan of either school
If you crawl into the weeds a little bit by checking out the crosstabs, you’ll see that major party political affiliation didn’t matter – both Democrats and Republicans favor Georgia over Tech. The only political group that favored Tech was the one composed of people who voted third party or couldn’t remember who they voted for in the last presidential election. Which makes complete sense, when you think about it.
A little heavy on the SECCG servings, but I doubt you’ll mind.
Let’s clear the decks with some tasty hump day nourishment:
A few tempting morsels set out in the buffet line for you this morning:
I wish I were shitting you here, but sadly, I’m not.
College football became a national phenomenon because it supposedly served the values of progressivism, in two ways. It exemplified specialization, expertise and scientific management. And it would reconcile the public to the transformation of universities, especially public universities, into something progressivism desired but the public found alien. Replicating industrialism’s division of labor, universities introduced the fragmentation of the old curriculum of moral instruction into increasingly specialized and arcane disciplines. These included the recently founded social sciences — economics, sociology, political science — that were supposed to supply progressive governments with the expertise to manage the complexities of the modern economy and the simplicities of the uninstructed masses.
Football taught the progressive virtue of subordinating the individual to the collectivity. Inevitably, this led to the cult of one individual, the coach. Today, in almost every state, at least one public university football coach is paid more than the governor.
And Babe Ruth was famously paid more than the President of the United States, George.
This is some bizarre stuff. For one thing, as Jonathan Chait notes, it’s not exactly like college football thrives in progressive hot beds. In fact, the reality is pretty much the opposite of that. For another, if you want to talk about sports and the modern regulatory state, you would find a better example of that with Will’s beloved professional baseball, which is chock full of examples such as public financial support of stadiums, a sweeping antitrust exemption and the Supreme Court-supported reserve clause (now discarded). Not to mention that whole Red Sox-Yankees thing.
Face it, George Will thinks you’re all a bunch of pinkos for reading this blog.
(h/t Ed Kilgore)