Amateurism is what the NCAA says it is.

This year’s NCAA convention is meeting in California, of all places.  Expect plenty of whining like this:

“It’s plausible that some states that are considering various bills right now could act and have them go into effect even during 2020, and that of course would be very, very disruptive of college sports,” Emmert said. “We’ve got maybe over 30 states that have indicated an interest in or have dropped bills, whatever the number is, with varying implementation dates and varying models of what they think college sports should look like. They’re moving at a faster pace than Congress and a faster pace than can be done through the NCAA legislative process.”

Maybe if you didn’t wait until the states started moving to act, you wouldn’t have that problem.

Of course, that’s not really Mark’s problem.  This is:

“… At the same time…moving from a collegiate model of students to paying employees is utterly inconsistent with what universities and colleges want.”

That’s a fine attitude in a world where what college athletes want isn’t relevant.  Unfortunately for Emmert’s constituents, that’s no longer the world they operate in.  The question is what’s it going to take for them to realize that.


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

5 responses to “Amateurism is what the NCAA says it is.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Mark Emmert reminds me more and more of Baghdad Bob.


  2. Is he an idiot or a liar? None of these bills are calling for universities to pay athletes and make them employees. The ones I’m familiar with are based on the California model of allowing college athletes to profit from NLI in the vein of the Olympic model.

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  3. FlyingPeakDawg

    When whining is your best defense, you’ve lost.


  4. Olde Dawg 78

    Why don’t they give OBJ a bunch of cash let him distribute it as he sees fit?