Regrets, Jim Delany’s had a few. Very few.

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?


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Look For The Union Label, The NCAA

3 responses to “Regrets, Jim Delany’s had a few. Very few.

  1. gastr1

    I’m having a hard time with loving some of the sinners in this business.


  2. Always Someone Else's Fault

    Jim may be a lot of things, but libertarian isn’t one of them.


    • Dog in Fla

      He’s somewhat like a Silicon Valley faux libertarian except he’s not nearly as cool as they are

      “The final factor is Silicon Valley….Given the Valley’s public relations requirement to mollify its customers who have privacy concerns, it is difficult to take the tech firms’ libertarian protestations about government compromise of their systems at face value, especially since they engage in similar activity against their own customers for commercial purposes….

      “Silicon Valley, for all the Ayn Rand-like tendencies of its major players, its offshoring strategies and its further exacerbation of income inequality, is now lobbying Congress to restrain the NSA, a core component of the Deep State. Some tech firms are moving to encrypt their data. High tech corporations and governments alike seek dominance over people though collection of personal data, but the corporations are jumping ship now that adverse public reaction to the NSA scandals threatens their profits.”