The biggest jerk in college athletics simply cannot believe what a bunch of ingrates college athletes are. In fact, he’s mad as hell and isn’t going to suffer in silence. Which is a shame, because this is how Steve Patterson goes about making a case:
First, you lie.
“It’s interesting when you look at the objections of the plaintiffs in the case; we address all of them,” Patterson said. “If our athletes get hurt, we pay all their medical bills. If they want to come back and graduate, we pay for them to come back and graduate. We do everything that they say they wanted.”
Next, you impugn their motives.
Patterson, who oversees an annual athletic budget of roughly $170 million, said the “whole thing smells of guys in the legal profession looking for a fee.”
Patterson directed that comment towards sports labor lawyer Jeff Kessler, who last month filed an antitrust claim against the NCAA and the five largest conferences in New Jersey federal court, hoping to represent all scholarship players in college basketball and football players.
Kessler is arguing for a more free market in which schools can offer more than a scholarship to win over a player’s services.
Then, you wrap it up with some over the top righteous indignation.
“Guys like Jeff Kessler are trying to destroy the college system to get a percentage or a fee,” Patterson said. “If they do that, they’ll be destroying the greatest thing to happen to the college system aside from the G.I. Bill.”
Yeah, how dare Kessler try to get a little money for himself and his clients. Doesn’t he know guys like Patterson have worked hard for that scratch by
doing their own share of damage to the college system realigning conferences, whoring out to television, lengthening the regular season and postseason, etc.? If anybody’s gonna squeeze that golden goose, it’ll be Steve “Let’s Play ‘Em In Dubai” Patterson.
Patterson did admit Thursday that he felt the NCAA and the schools were losing the public relations battle.
No shit, Sherlock. I wonder how that’s happened.