A nickname is born.

Via the LA Times:

Screenshot_2019-07-02 Days of NCAA having it both ways should be nearing an end

Emmert Fudd’s got a nice ring to it, doncha think?

And while we’re at the linked piece, this is a pretty good point, too.

This transfer rule is essentially a noncompete clause like a company uses to keep an employee from hopping to a competitor. So the NCAA wants to treat its most valued athletes as employees only when it suits the schools’ agenda.

It’s all part of the educational experience.

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11 responses to “A nickname is born.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    It’s duck season!

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  2. TimberRidgeDawg

    It’s definitely a non compete clause at face value and I support the idea that any player should be able to get one transfer no questions asked.

    OTOH, if becomes the equivalent of unregulated free agency with players on a one year contract, then there are potentially some worst case scenarios that could do major harm to the competitiveness of the sport where elite kids start decide to move to certain schools to build super teams and play for rings.

    For me this is all a bit gray. The NCAA is in the wrong but if this turns into a money grab, then the schools with the largest fan bases and access to major commercial/media markets that can be tapped for external revenue by selling jerseys or paid for showing up at commercial events to sign autographs are going to be the winners here. That’s just how free market capitalism works.

    Of course if you look at the schools that would benefit most in a free market scenario, it probably doesn’t shift the landscape you see today in any significant way for who will play for titles so maybe it’s just shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. The really elite teams just become more elite and the rest are just cannon fodder till the expanded playoff season as the competitive gap between the haves and have nots widens.

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    • The other Doug

      Non compete clauses are not enforceable in California.

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      • Silver Creek Dawg

        Or in any right to work state.

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        • Normaltown Mike

          not true. Doctors, in particular, sign non-competes in Georgia every day ending in “Y”

          So long as the terms are not so onerous as to make practicing medicine impossible, they are enforceable. In practice, this means a Dr. group can bring in a new doc and say “if you leave our practice, you can’t open a competing practice within 50 miles of our office”

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      • Nashville West

        Not 100% accurate. They are enforceable if they are part of the sale of all or substantially all of the operating assets of a business, Otherwise, they are unenforceable. The transfer portal would certainly be an unenforceable restraint on employment in California.

        In addition, if athletes become employees in California under the pending legislation, it is possible that the Labor Code provisions regarding interference with future employment will apply. Interference by misrepresentation is a misdemeanor.

        If the NCAA had any sense, clearly they don’t, they would try to make the best deal possible rather than continuing to stonewall.

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  3. HirsuteDawg

    gives a whole different meaning to “We are about to give you an education”

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