It’s obvious in reading bits and pieces from yesterday’s Senate Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection hearing that what the NCAA wants more than anything right now is more time, not because it’s working hard to come up with a solution for NIL rights in the face of increased state legislative activity, but because, in its time-honored tradition, it simply wants to put off making any hard decisions as long as humanly possible.
Unfortunately for Mr. Emmert’s organization, it was also obvious that the Senate knows the game he’s playing.
So what’s being done to correct this inequality? John Tester, a Democrat from Montana, asked that question to Emmert during an exchange midway through the proceedings.
“I’m going to be honest with you,” Tester told Emmert, “you don’t want us to solve this. You want us to help you solve this. So the question is, where are we at as far as putting stuff on paper, because a time is a clickin’ and we can’t stop states from what they’re doing. We’ve got to figure it out.”
“There is a timeline in place for having this resolved for January 2021,” Emmert responded.
Asked the senator, “Do you have anything on paper right now?”
Said Emmert: “We don’t.”
The skepticism was bipartisan, in case you were wondering.
Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican and the chairman of the Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection, said he was not inclined to act until after the NCAA reveals its new rules.
“I wish Congress was in a position to be able to provide the NCAA and the athletes the opportunity to find a solution. … The ability for Congress to do that is, that’s a challenge,” Moran said in an interview after the hearing. “The next step is to see what the NCAA is capable of presenting to us in April.”
I wouldn’t expect much, Senator.