SMU made “a six-figure windfall” on beer sales for its athletic department this past season. From only 12 basketball games.
Daily Archives: June 22, 2014
Sporting News has an overview of how the bets are flowing in Las Vegas on this college football season. You won’t find most of the action too surprising, but it does seem like there’s some money being thrown Georgia’s way right now. At the Wynn, Georgia’s national title odds have gone from 50-1 to 35-1. And one of the computer sites has moved the odds on the Dawgs winning the SEC from 13-2 to 4-1. How much of that do you figure is smart money versus fan enthusiasm.
Speaking of the latter, who’s betting Florida to win the national title at the MGM? 18-1?
Charlie Pierce relates a little story that nicely illustrates the NCAA’s have its cake and eat it, too attitude:
… The NCAA and its member schools (pardon me, its “educational institutions”) create the game itself and, therefore, are entitled to all the revenues thereby derived, out of which they give the athletes tuition, fees, room and board, and miscellaneous expenses while providing those athletes with invaluable life skills and social mobility. But the NCAA and the educational institutions get all the money. Forever. This, as Emmert argued, and as was argued by the NCAA in one of its pretrial briefs, was for the good of the athletes because the NCAA does not want to see them “exploited” by corporate interests, or at least by those corporate interests with which the NCAA has not yet signed a lucrative partnership deal.
It is here where we pause to discuss the Curious Case Of Zach Bohannon. He was a 6-foot-6 swingman for the Wisconsin Badgers this past season, when he and Wisconsin made it to the NCAA Final Four. He also was working toward his MBA. He arrived at one of the Wisconsin practices with a bottle of water from Nestlé Pure Life. The NCAA’s official bottled water is Dasani, a division of NCAA “corporate partner” Coca-Cola. Arena security stopped Bohannon — a player in last year’s Final Four — and made him take off the Nestlé label before they would allow him to practice with his team. Bohannon told a reporter, “The NCAA likes to hide behind its student-athlete model. Well, they can’t hide anymore.”
Tell me something, O Defenders of the Sacred Flame – is not paying the participants all it takes to declare a sporting enterprise amateur? Because everybody else sure seems to be feeding at the trough.
Eh, what the heck.
- The NCAA’s Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports is proposing new guidelines on contact in football practices.
- In the 1990s, Kentucky had exploratory talks about leaving the SEC for the ACC.
- Field Street Forum reviews Georgia’s Class of 2014.
- FCS teams are getting a little nervous about potential fallout from the new playoffs.
- There’s a new development football league debuting this fall. It’s not affiliated with the NFL. Players will be paid $1,000 per week.
- Now you see him, now you don’t: The AJ-C’s Bill King has the last word on Hunter Atkinson’s future plans in Athens.
- The NCAA vs. the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents turns 30 this week. Looking back, it was kind of a big deal.
The best thing about Spurrier’s “Nick, you shouldn’t work so hard” schtick isn’t the concern troll aspect. It’s the zinger at the end.
“I haven’t heard anybody say that really, but if you wanted to, you can find faults with anybody if they don’t win them all. How many SECs has (Saban) won there in eight years? He’s won two. He’s won three nationals, but he’s only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don’t know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could.”
Nobody twists the knife like the OBC.