If you’re wondering how the O’Bannon defense could come off sounding so dumb throughout the trial, let South Carolina President Harris Pastides explains it to you:
Wednesday, Pastides and Muir did a great job explaining why college and college athletics are good, but they failed to explain why athletes would be harmed by gaining the ability to market their name, image and likeness rights — which is all that really matters in terms of the case. Asked what might happen if players gained such rights, Pastides said this: “It would render athletes who don’t receive these rewards as second-class citizens. It would make them feel worse about themselves.”
Makes you wonder how Pastides feels about Steve Spurrier making millions more than he does. Them hurted fee-fees are a bitch, ‘ya know.
Besides being sensitive to student-athletes’ feelings, Pastides also demonstrated some short-term memory issues on the stand. If the players wind up getting a cut from the revenue pie, he warned that something would have to give, because there just wasn’t any more money in the system.
Mah goodness, whatever shall they do, Miz Scarlett? And to think it was only about a month ago Pastides and his SEC brethren were receiving the Word of Gawd from Mike Slive himself about all that new SEC Network money that would be rolling in soon! Heavens to Betsy, do you think that just slipped ol’ Harris’ mind?
Pastides, remember, is a college president. He’s one of the guys driving this train.