“It’s not like the antitrust laws were passed yesterday…”

It appears the new sheriffs in town aren’t impressed with Mark Emmert’s sudden retreat on the NCAA’s proposed one-time transfer rule.

Blumenthal and Booker said they had no patience for the notion that the NCAA Division I Council and Board of Directors backed off scheduled votes this week on transfer and NIL proposals, in part, because of concerns the Justice Department’s antitrust division leader Makan Delrahim raised in a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert last Friday. Blumenthal indicated that any antitrust flaws in the proposals should have been apparent to the association and the proposals should have been tailored accordingly.

“It’s not like the antitrust laws were passed yesterday,” Blumenthal said. “They’ve been around for a while.”

Booker said he saw no reason why the Justice Department’s concerns with elements of the transfer process that weren’t being addressed by the proposed rules changes should have prevented the NCAA from making the change that the department actually lauded – addressing the five remaining Division I sports in which athletes generally are prohibited from playing for one year if they change schools.

“A good-faith measure for them would be to change their transfer rules,” so transferring athletes don’t have to sit out, Booker said. “I don’t think that this is a reaction to the Justice Department. I think this is a false cry of impotency on their part to address the real fairness and justice issues of the athletes that they say they’re organized to protect.”

I’m shocked, shocked that anyone would accuse the NCAA of having ulterior motives when it comes to doing it for the kids controlling the distribution of the enormous sums of money that flow through collegiate athletics.

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15 responses to ““It’s not like the antitrust laws were passed yesterday…”

  1. mg4life0331

    When athletes get paid do we rack up in natural light and fireball stock? Asking for a friend.

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    • “They’re getting paid already,” he posted for the seven hundred and forty sixth time on his blog to a commenter who probably knows that already but thought it would be fun to score a cheap point about the character of people he’s never met.

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    • MGW

      A lot of people forget that brilliant shining silver lining. None of these kids drink at all right now because they don’t have enough money to spend at the store. Give them money and suddenly we’ll have a bunch of athletes drinking who aren’t even college graduates yet!

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    • mg4life0331

      Did yall get really sensitive while I was at work? Holy crap. But to retort, I lived in Tally while my Wifes stepson was at FSU. They are just as pure as you say.

      Get a grip.

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      • chicagodawgfan

        My stepdaughter collects her monthly Big 10 women’s soccer COA stipend. She’s definitely hoping the amount increases and has even set-up a Tik Tok profile in case they approve NIL payments before she’s done playing.

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  2. Granthams Replacement

    Since the NCAA can’t handle it now an equally dis functionally group (congress) is going to legislate how college athletes are to be compensated. What could go wrong?

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    • Could Congress make an even worse cockup of the whole situation? Of course they could. But if a disaster happens, the NCAA has been setting the table for it for eons. They’ve had forever to address this in a substantive, good-faith fashion and have alternately punted, whined, or just plain screwed around at every opportunity. If nothing else, I’m glad someone’s finally holding their feet to the fire.

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    • Ozam

      Blumenthal probably hasn’t been to a college football game in his life.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Congress isn’t going to legislate how college athletes are to be compensated. Congress is going to legislate that the free market you love do much will decide.

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  3. sniffer

    Mark Emmert may not be anyone’s useful fool much longer

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    • Ozam

      Perhaps… Does they incoming Congress really want to go after the University adminstrations that support their ideals?

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    • MGW

      Soon as the tide of public opinion officially turns and all these absurd positions have to be abandoned, the schools will proudly hang a “Now Under New Management” sign out front of NCAA headquarters and pretend to shun Emmert.

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      • Harold Miller

        Does the get a nice golden parachute to repair the damage from having their collective hands stuck up his backside for the past decade plus?

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