Those of you who would have had your enjoyment of college athletics ruined by Katie Ledecky staying on scholarship at Stanford while receiving third-party endorsement money really should send Mark Emmert a thank-you note. I mean, think about what’s been saved.
Katie Ledecky, the five-time gold medalist, 14-time world champion and the most marketable swimmer in America not named Michael Phelps, turned professional on Monday.
In doing so she will be allowed to tap into considerable endorsement and sponsorship opportunities. In the build-up to the 2020 Olympics, that could mean millions.
It was done, however, begrudgingly because she can no longer compete for Stanford. The 21-year-old just completed her sophomore season, winning two individual NCAA titles, one relay title and helping the Cardinal to consecutive team championships.
Ledecky plans to remain enrolled at the university and continue to train with her old teammates and coaches at the Avery Aquatics Center. She wants to be a student-athlete. She also can’t pass up the money.
So, to recap: she’s staying in school to get her degree, training with her old teammates and coaches and preparing for the Olympics, all as she would have done anyway. The only thing that’s changed is that she’s not swimming for Stanford anymore because she needs the money. The Republic is saved!
Man, to think the apocalypse was this close. Thank Gawd the NCAA was there to protect us.
Her, too, you know. Let’s hope Ledecky doesn’t crack under the pressure of having to hire an accountant.