Amateurism is good for business.

You will be shocked, shocked to learn that the Big Ten Network has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the O’Bannon case supporting the NCAA’s assertion that if players are paid, the news is doomed.

Tremble as you read this:

“The right of a television network or newspaper to televise or report on matters of public interest — whether a basketball game, a parade, a natural disaster, a march on Washington, or a government shutdown — are fundamental to the existence of a free press,” the broadcasters wrote. “If Plaintiffs are allowed to proceed with their claims in this case, the news media will be substantially constrained from televising and reporting newsworthy events, and the public will be deprived of vital, necessary, constitutionally-protected news reporting.”

Okay, I might be willing to admit that the Big Ten title game was close to a natural disaster… ah, hell, I can’t even work up the energy to do a proper snark here.  The Big Ten Network isn’t the news media; it’s an entertainment arm of a large college conference generating significant amounts of revenue that Jim Delany, its programming director, doesn’t want to share with student-athletes.

The attempt to wrap that with a First Amendment bow is nothing more than him pissing down your leg and telling you it’s raining buckets.


Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

20 responses to “Amateurism is good for business.

  1. you were right. If we wait, the NCAA will somehow get even more absurd in their defense. Yes yes, if these networks have to pay someone to broadcast games, it’ll be disaster. And those giant piles of cash they currently give schools I guess are just charitable donations.


  2. Do they think that CF fans are stupid? We need to speak out against these greedy bastards!


  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    And yet these people (whoever dictated the brief) are in control of a game we all spend a great deal of time with, and some of us relatively large sums of money…if we laugh at their ineptitude who gets the last laugh?


  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    Substantially constrained=They have to pay more. Give these lawyers their due; they get paid to make ‘straight face’ arguments. If those are their first line arguments though, it’s long past time to settle.


  5. Doug

    Between this and the “Duck Dynasty” brouhaha, it’s been a blockbuster week for not having the first f%$#ing clue what the First Amendment actually says/means.


  6. There’s another saying Senator…


  7. Will Trane

    Totally agree with you Senator. What did Josey have to say after spitting on the guys forehead,and about buring them…”even worms have to eat”. That would be Delaney.


  8. Dog in Fla

    I bet Jackie Chiles would tell Delany and the B1G 10 Network to be real and spectacular and “stop your bitching and moaning and quit acting like a pussy and get back out there!” by filing a motion to intervene rather than some candy-ass guilty bystander friend-of-the-court brief at trial court level.