Don’t get John McCain started on college sports.

I’ve mentioned before that the NCAA’s long-term strategy of seeking redress in Congress if the courts don’t go its way on amateurism may not be that easy a path, because there may not be the groundswell of support the schools and conferences expect there (except for Republican knee-jerk opposition to unions, of course).

John McCain is an example of what I’m referring to.

“I worry a little bit about some of the professionalism that is in college football particularly,” McCain said.

He mentioned the effort to form a union among collegiate athletes, while mistakenly referring to the Northwestern case by saying it involved the University of Illinois.

“Obviously some legal experts told them they had something they might be able to succeed in court and yet I worry about the competitiveness of some of the smaller schools and their ability to attract athletes the caliber that we now see at the highest level,” McCain said. “I also worry when you and I can probably predict the top four college football teams in the country before the season starts. There is a certain, shall I say, advantage, that some schools have over the rest of them.”

A former wrestler at the Naval Academy, McCain said he’s nostalgic for the days of the service academies’ dominance.

“And the role that you play, in my view, is to blow the whistle on the egregious aspects of it. Is it really an amateur sport when the coach makes about $10 million when you count everything? Let’s just call it what it is.”

It’s a rambling response, but it seems to take note of the fiction of competitive balance that the NCAA is hanging its amateurism hat on.  Of course, I can see the NCAA agreeing with his last point and noting that with the right kind of antitrust exemption, schools could restrict Nick Saban’s salary as well.  Something for everybody!


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Political Wankery

39 responses to “Don’t get John McCain started on college sports.

  1. I Wanna Red Cup

    My god. I thought the Republicans were all a bunch of capitalists. You know, it’s ok for some to have more than others because they work harder, are smarter or better. What’s this? Is McCain a socialist? Of does he just want to protect the greedy Presidents and NCAA ?

  2. Bulldawg165

    “except for Republican knee-jerk opposition to unions, of course”

    Really? smh

    • Obama could say the sky is blue and Republicans would argue it is green just to oppose him just like the Democrats would argue every problem now is George W. Bush’s fault. Don’t be so blinded by partisanship that you don’t see obvious knee-jerk flaws in the political machine.

      • Bulldawg165

        “Don’t be so blinded by partisanship that you don’t see obvious knee-jerk flaws in the political machine”

        1) I’m an independent
        2) It doesn’t (or at least shouldn’t) matter on a blog about college football.

        Don’t be so blinded that you feel the need to support bringing politics into a discussion when it’s completely and utterly irrelevant and unnecessary😉

        • If the NCAA goes to Congress seeking an antitrust exemption, how are politics irrelevant and unnecessary?

        • Don’t be so blinded that you feel the need to support bringing politics into a discussion when it’s completely and utterly irrelevant and unnecessary

          It seems to me that the Senator’s post on his blog was about political involvement in the future of college football and my comment is utterly relevant to your comment. Nice deflection there, though.

          • Bulldawg165

            God what a straw man argument. As stated in my OP and as reiterated above, please tell me how this was relevant:

            “except for Republican knee-jerk opposition to unions, of course”


          • Bulldawg165

            Although I will concede that I should have used “partisanship” instead of “politics” but it still should have been pretty clear

        • Stupid “reply” button…. However – I will concede your point that I’ll glad when this all over and settled so we can get back to talking strictly about how bad Gurley is going to destroy the Clemson linebackers in space.

      • Dog in Fla

        “Obama could say the sky is blue”

        He’s a warlock. Throw Him in the Tidal Basin and see if He floats.

        “every problem now is George W. Bush’s fault”

        This simply not true. This week every problem is Dick Cheney’s fault.

  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    John McCain might be, like many folks up there, getting a little tiched.

    • Dog in Fla

      That’s what they said when he picked her. They said he was out of touch. But I knew he was just trying to get in touch

  4. Dog in Fla

    Best thing for the NCAA about the article on Grandpa Walnuts? It links to another survey says which will not be admitted into evidence

  5. S

    Holy shit, that man doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground. The worst possible thing for college football would be for Congress to get involved in any fashion. There’s not a less competent component of U.S. society anywhere. I’d rather see a committee of pimps, crack whores, and Drano-drinking winos be in a position to impact college football than the goddamn U.S. Congress.

    • Hogbody Spradlin

      ‘pimps, crack whores, and Drano-drinking winos’ are offended at the comparison.

  6. James

    I’m going on record as saying there’s a 0% chance congress actually puts their neck out on this. For starters, anyone in either party who tried to champion this would get completely demolished by 24-hour news for talking about football instead of the currently list of (much more heavy) current events. Second, if they did actually hold some hearings, there’s no way the current state of rhetoric in congress would ever get past “wait, so Mr. Emmert you make $2 million a year and you’re hear to ask for a special law to not play football players from lower class homes?”

    So yeah good luck with that. Not that, as the Senator is saying, I don’t think they’re trying.

  7. W Cobb Dawg

    McCain followed up by saying we should bomb the major schools. Then bomb the players, high paid coaches, the legal experts, anyone who says the word ‘union’, anyone crossing his lawn, young whippersnappers, ….

  8. Dog in Fla

    S and James, excellent points all of which make perfect sense! Besides that, Congress shouldn’t take on any extra duty unless and until the House can solve the riddle wrapped inside an enigma that is Trey Gowdie’s hair (which btw is not perfect) no matter how smoking hot the South Carolina Governor happens to be

  9. Hogbody Spradlin

    I’m going on record to say: If the NCAA turns to the United States Congress to protect it from sharing its lucre, it will get what it deserves.

    • Dog in Fla

      Will it still spend the same?

    • The other Doug

      It’s like when Lando Calrissian strikes the deal with Vader to save his little outpost. We all knew Vader wasn’t leaving anything he valued behind and might blow the place up just for kicks.

  10. Derek

    It’s not like the guy has ever been wrong (or is it right?) about anything, ever. There isn’t anything wrong in the world that can’t be fixed with his brand of can do attitude and a few bombs. There literally is nothing he doesn’t think can’t be fixed with intervention. Prior results of total failure of same are only evidence of lack of effort and commitment..

    (I do honor his commitment and service to country, but I can’t help notice that he talks out his ass.)

  11. Tdawg89

    As a Republican I do not support public sector unions. That would put me in the same camp as FDR among many others. Private sector unions are fair and can be operated as they see fit (what’s mutually beneficial to business and union). A little bit of nuance is needed, like many things in life.

    • C.S.

      I thought Republicans supported public sector unions and opposed private sector ones? Or do they not run election ads touting endorsements from firemen and policemen’s unions any more?

      • Tdawg89

        On principle, even the venerable shouldn’t unionize. Local governments should be able to take care of their public safety workers without a leech union boss skimming cash off the top. And to answer your question, politics is politics and straying from principle is par for the course for many.