Today, the role of Hamlet will be played by the NCAA.

Cry me a river, Mark.

“You can’t flip a switch. There’s an overwhelming sense of urgency but there’s an urgency to do it right and get it right. You get one chance at this thing.”Give me a fucking break, dude.  This isn’t a crisis that sneaked up on you people.  You’ve let it fester until the politicians got involved and now there’s a sense of momentum running against you that you can’t control.

You probably felt like you could handle this the same way you did when the politicians started pushing you on playoff expansion.  The difference is that there you were faced with controlling how to let more money flow into your collective pockets.  This time, the threat involves the cash going in the opposite direction and you don’t like that.  Even more, you don’t know how to change the narrative.

So you’ll spin madly.

Screenshot_2020-01-24 Bryan Fischer on Twitter Emmert “We have to be clear about one thing that college sports is about stu[...]

And when that doesn’t work, you’ll lobby Congress even harder than you are now.

Emmert said he has been working with members of Congress for much of the past year to ask for help in creating a national law that would make uniform rules for college sports in different states and allow the NCAA to maintain some control over policing the new market for college athletes.

“Clearly people in Washington want to know what the desires are of college sports, and we need to work with them to help figure that out,” Emmert said.

But mainly, you’ll flail and hope somehow you’ll get bailed out.

Emmert said he did not know if the NCAA would regulate that market or if it would ask a third party to be in charge of that process. The National College Players Association, a non-profit aimed at advocating for college athletes and an outspoken critic of the NCAA, published a paper last week saying that it is in a better position to make sure it is representing the interest of athletes in future discussions about money-making opportunities. Emmert urged NCAA delegates at this year’s convention to make sure they were keeping the well-being of athletes at the forefront of all their decisions and acknowledged that many critics believe the organization has conflicts of interest that keep it from acting in the best interest of athletes.

This is what comes of taking maximalist positions and failing to be proactive.

Athletics directors, by and large, are watching this from the sidelines with cynical eyes. Many of the younger, more progressive administrators saw the crisis coming years ago and have little trust in NCAA leadership to get this right. They’re not particularly doctrinaire about the name, image and likeness issue, they just want to know the rules they’re playing by. What was notable, however, was how few of them came to this NCAA convention. This is largely the presidents’ show.

“Maybe some anticipated that we could get all the parties together in the old collegial way,” said Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson. “I don’t think there’s going to be that kind of time.”

Tell that to Emmert.


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16 responses to “Today, the role of Hamlet will be played by the NCAA.

  1. He’s dumb, hypocritical and just generally unlikable. The NCAA presidents would do well just to push him out since he has poisoned the well with his scorched earth policy.


    • On this matter, he’s following the wishes of his constituents.


      • I understand that, but he definitely is not good at messaging due to the above traits. He has been a horrible front man for the NCAA.

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        • 79Dawg

          Too many think the NCAA is some sort of NGO or quasi-governmental entity that’s out for the common good, when in fact it is nothing more than a “front” for its members.
          The disconnect is that you (and many) think Emmert’s job is to be good at messaging, be a good leader, etc. But his real job is to deflect criticism from those who are really in control, deceive you into thinking he’s the bad guy, and keep “the system” going and prop it up as long as he can. By that measure, he has been overwhelmingly successful at his job…
          I mean, maybe one day UNICEF will get in the college football and basketball business, but that day isn’t today….


          • No doubt but when Jeffrey Kessler burns the whole damn thing to the ground, they are going to wish they had done something differently. Emmert and his ilk should have been thinking strategically, but he didn’t and now his organization is staring down the barrel of a government gun.


            • 79Dawg

              Good thing the universities and colleges all pay for lobbyists to lobby Congress and their state legislatures directly then! (Ask yourself how bizarre it is that one unit or level of government pays to lobby another!)
              One of the other disconnects here is that, right now, the politicians view these new laws as being at little or no cost – at some point though (probably after Emmert finally collapses from all the incoming hits he has taken for them), the University Presidents and ADs will tell the politicians that this is all going to result in taking money out of the colleges’ till. Maybe that will cause the politicians to back off a little, but let’s be honest – its probably much more likely that the politicians will just say meh and use our tax dollars to make up the difference! Alternatively, the colleges could jack up tuition more, which will then allow politicians to “forgive” it and try to score more “cost-free” points with the voters!
              Plus ca change!


  2. mwo

    If there is one institution that needs to be razed more then the NCAA I can’t imagine what it would be. Maybe the senate and the house. Burn it all down and start fresh.

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  3. 79Dawg

    I just gave Mark some truth serum, and this is what he really said: “…college sports is about people being deluded into thinking that the players they see on the football field or basketball court are actually college students, when in fact the vast majority of them (particularly at the highest levels) spend little time in the classroom or with actual students, and devote themselves almost exclusively to attempting to become a professional athlete in the NFL or NBA. But people look past all that when those players are associated with their school. That’s what people love about ‘college’ sports.”

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    • Junkyardawg41

      I’m not sure which is sadder. That the value of a college education as been degraded to the point that it’s more important that students remain in school than to get educated. Or that schools/society have convinced players that if they put the right effort into preparing for professional sports they will get there.


  4. Tony Barnfart

    In fairness, somebody has to brainstorm all the unseemly things that will flow from Opelika and try and positively legislate against that.

    I honestly don’t want Auburn operating in a world where the rule is: “there are no rules.”


  5. Tronan

    Emmert is the Bowie Kuhn of the new millennium.

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  6. Junkyardawg41

    Not wanting to get into playpen territory in political platforms, but I am curious if a Democrat who touts free college education gets elected and enacts said platform promise, will that render the NCAA (as it exists today) obsolete? Without scholarships for athletes, the model would be forced to accommodate much more in regards to pay of players.


    • David K

      I’ve got kids in college getting the full Zell Miller scholarship that covers 100% of tuition. It still costs me over $6K per semester once you add all the additional fees, dorm, meal plan, etc. UGA has $1200 in fees per semester not covered by Zell. The whole free tuition business is a fallacy.

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    • 79Dawg

      As they say, the devil is in the details, and I believe the candidate in question has been a little light on actual specifics to date….
      Generally though, my impression is people think (and she has broadly said) she’s going to cancel all “student debt.” But “Student debt” isn’t just tuition and books – it also includes living expenses like rent, food, clothing, etc.
      Noticed all those nice apartments they’ve been building near campus lately? “Student debt” is being used to pay the rent on those nice pads. Ask yourself, if students didn’t have access to (initially) cost-free money to pay for these lux spots, might they be trying to find something cheaper and more affordable, and maybe not rack up all this debt in the first place?