The NCAA thought to hold Emmert’s Final Four presser on Sunday in the hopes nobody would pay attention. Given what was said, it hardly seems worth the effort.
At his news conference Sunday, NCAA president Mark Emmert said the association was in no rush to come up with plans in case college players’ unions sprout up across the nation.
The association hasn’t been in a rush about anything else, so why should this be any different? Oh, but this union stuff… it’s not good.
“To be perfectly frank, the notion of using a union employee model to address the challenges that do exist in intercollegiate athletics is something that strikes most people as a grossly inappropriate solution to the problems,” Emmert said Sunday. “It would blow up everything about the collegiate model of athletics.”
I could be wrong, but I suspect the players pushing for a union see that as a feature, not a bug. In any event, patience is advised.
“There’s some things that need to get fixed,” Emmert said. “They’re working very aggressively to do that. No one up here believes that the way you fix that is by converting student-athletes into unionized employees.”
Emmert was joined by other NCAA leaders who said many of the association’s biggest issues — including paying athletes and improving their health care — could be more easily resolved if the five biggest conferences were allowed to write more of their own rules.
So basically the NCAA’s collegiate model of athletics is to give lip service to player concerns, fail to take concrete action, blame the failure on not having enough control over the process and keep cashing the checks in the meantime. Hey, if it ain’t broke and all…
Oh, and stay detached from economic reality, too.
Say what? Irresponsible to whom? Mark Emmert? Maybe next year’s presser should be held at midnight. In a closet.