The NCAA is appealing the O’Bannon case. Wait, you say, did I miss something? Has there already been a trial?
Nah, but why should that stop anything? Other than the trial’s start, of course.
Lawyers for the NCAA on Friday night filed two motions that could further delay the start of a long-awaited trial in a lawsuit relating to the use of college athletes’ names and likenesses and the association’s limits on what major-college football and men’s basketball players can receive for playing sports.
Every day of delay is another day the schools don’t have to cut the student-athletes in on the deal. And that deal is looking more lucrative by the day.
Negotiations for the next Big Ten television contract haven’t started, but that hasn’t stopped the league from projecting revenue for the 2017-18 academic year — the first year of the new deal.
In a document obtained by the Journal & Courier through an open records request from Purdue University, 12 of the 14 schools are projected to receive $44.5 million each through the league’s distribution plan.
My fingers and toes don’t work as well as they used to, but that looks like a contract running north of half a billion smackers a year for the conference. And Jim Delany would have you believe his guys would walk away from that kind of money in a heartbeat if student-athletes get some. Division III, my ass.