Collect them all!

While I’m on my high horse this morning, I thought I’d share something with you an alert reader sent me.

Check out the Georgia Bulldog toys you can buy here.  Todd Gurley, Knowshon Moreno, Jarvis Jones, Matthew Stafford and A.J. Green, all bedecked in red and black, school jersey numbers included.  So much for that “what’s on the front of the uniform is all that matters” stuff.

They’re all professionals now, so there’s no NCAA violation to worry about.  But, assuming those five were paid for their names – and if they weren’t, it’s time to go see a lawyer, boys – doesn’t that shred the whole “how could the schools ever figure out a way to pay student-athletes for their likenesses?” argument?

Sharing money is such a bother, though.  Can’t everyone just leave the schools alone about it?

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36 responses to “Collect them all!

  1. Lrgk9

    Link broke, circles the wagons like the NCAA avoiding a subpoena

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  2. Dolly Llama

    I bought my Greyson Lambert action figure.

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  3. Macallanlover

    “Can’t everyone just leave the schools alone about it?” No, not in this society any longer. Too many people, especially attorneys, around who feel the poor mistreated athlete isn’t getting a fair shake with the jersey/likeness issue.

    The brand is the school’s football program, not the athlete, he is privileged to wear the uniform. While I support a stipend for expenses of around $5K a year, if that isn’t enough for them when combined with the full scholly then the athlete just wants to be a full blown pro, let’s cut them loose and allow the developmental league begin. I would prefer we return to something closer to a true student-athlete than watch the vultures tear the game to pieces. Actually, the sooner the better to me; a lot of problems come along with cleaning the programs up.

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    • I see that sarcasm escapes you this morning, Mac.

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    • diving duck

      The brand belongs to the athletic association. Their names belong to them. I would think if names are being used they are getting a cut.

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    • Dog in Fla

      “he is privileged to wear the uniform…. let’s cut them loose…. watch the vultures tear the game to pieces.”

      Mac’s National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) f/k/a the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) for 20 November 2015

      has been downgraded from Imminent to Elevated

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    • Schönaich Dawg

      Mac,

      I agree. If you follow the compensated athlete argument to its logical conclusion then we would quickly have a two-tiered D-1 system: Those schools who could pay top dollar to their athletes and those who can’t. The idea that all D-1 programs are revenue positive is a myth. A few points.
      -Very few programs are sitting on a pile of cash like UGA.
      -It would be difficult to set up an equitable nation-wide compensation system that paid star athletes their actual worth.
      -Lawyers could easily pick apart the inequalities and choke the ADs in lawsuits
      -Agents would most certainly get involved and probably represent kids as their being recruited out of HS
      -Knowing what we know about college administrators, the trial lawyers, and Title IX champions in congress, who out there in TV land thinks for a second that once the football players start making extra money the D-1 ADs won’t have to give every athlete in the program (right down to the second-string backstroker on the women’s swim team) the same amount?
      -This will bankrupt even the richest ADs; but more importantly, drive marginal programs out of the football business altogether.
      I agree with the idea of making all programs like D-III (no athletic scholarships) and having the athletic teams comprised of students who qualify academically like any other entrant.

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  4. Rick

    Not so sure about the Todd Gurley figure, but Moreno’s is a dead ringer.

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  5. Cousin Eddie

    Does the athletic trainer cart come with a patch of turf from Knoxville?

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  6. Bulldog Joe

    The “Ultimate Fan” looks just like me throwing up my hands in the 3rd quarter of the Florida game. Where’s my check?

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  7. rocksalt

    They need a Dawgvent playset, just flames, flames everywhere.

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  8. WarD Eagle

    I want to buy the Bobby Tisdale, sophomore stoner/business major, inaction figure. But only if it comes with the too long hair, Costa sunglasses, Pelagic (or DU) visor, and Yeti hugger accessories.

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  9. Bulldog Joe

    Gator fans.

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  10. Does the trainer cart bundle include the Crowell figure?

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    • Dog in Fla

      No, he rides shotgun when not in the pistol formation. The trainer cart originally belonged to Mudcat but was driven by Washaun Ealy

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  11. Bulldog Joe

    Butch Jones and Dave Hart.

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  12. Bulldog Joe

    Paul Finebaum.

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  13. AusDawg85

    Late at night, deep in the bowels of BM (see what I did there?), Schotty is playing with his UGA Lego set and just lost why these plays don’t work on game day.

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