His bullshit is immaculate.

When it comes to player compensation, Greg Sankey can mix a fundamentally disingenuous word salad with the best of them.

“People talk about something called ‘name, image and likeness,’” Sankey said. “I’m waiting for everyone to define how that is operationalized. But, fundamentally, it goes back to this phrase ‘student-athlete.’ People take shots at it and say it was created by (former NCAA executive director) Walter Byers. Did you know we had 31 graduate patches in the national championship game? That means 31 out of about 200 players on that field already had earned bachelor’s degrees.”

Not sure what any of that has to do with the price of tea in China.  If he’s suggesting that letting the players make money off something that belongs to them would corrode their ability to pursue their primary purpose in life, maybe Greg can explain how the sweet bank he takes home as SEC Commissioner has made it difficult to do his job.

The idea that it’ll be a breeze to implement an Olympic model for college athletics runs smack dab into this kind of mindset.  It won’t be easy because here’s what Sankey and his constituents are concerned about:

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6 responses to “His bullshit is immaculate.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    “Operationalized”? That needs to go in the bullshit business lingo glossary.

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    • Got Cowdog

      We would call it implemented, Hog.
      Sankey’s making up words ’cause, well, you know, um, there were some guys on the field that had already graduated?

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  2. For all this teeth (or tooth if you’re from 10rc) gnashing about NLI, does anyone think Nike is all of the sudden going to quit cutting a large check to its college partners to write checks to a bunch of high school players? Nike may have given Todd Gurley a small stipend to wear their cleats coming out of high school. That number would have gotten much bigger after his freshman season. The uniform including the shoes will always be the property of the university.

    The bottom line is that the equipment companies know their college merchandise is part of their bread and butter (there’s a reason Nike has the best spot in the UGA Bookstore and I can’t imagine it’s part of the contract with the UGAAA). They are always going to pay that licensing fee.

    $ankey is just FOS.

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  3. gastr1

    Straw man for $200, Alex.

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  4. DawgByte

    Booooooooooooooooooring! What part of student athlete do you not understand? What part of they’re already getting paid don’t you understand?

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