Category Archives: Political Wankery

Punt, CFP, punt!

Nathan Deal may get pressure from outside parties about the religious liberty bill awaiting his signature, but it won’t come from the College Football Playoff folks or Greg Sankey.  At least not yet:

The College Football Playoff said Monday it opposes discrimination but will allow others to best decide whether a controversial religious freedom bill in Georgia becomes law. The SEC said it’s “attentive” to what’s happening in the state where it holds its football championship game…

“We deplore discrimination wherever it occurs and note that there is a public debate about this matter and its implications, as well as whether or not it will become law,” College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement to CBS Sports. “We will keep an eye on this, but our group’s focus is on sports and public policy matters are better left to the experts and voters to resolve.”

Translation:  please, governor, veto this bill so we don’t have to show our ass either way.

Real profile in courage there, Bill.

Sankey’s statement is a couple of degrees warmer…

“Our conference championship events are an extension of our universities which are places of diversity and opportunity,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “We are attentive to this legislative matter as we continue our policy of considering numerous factors in determining sites for our championship events.”

… but more of the same.  He’ll wait to see which way the prevailing winds are blowing before making a decision one way or the other.  It would just be a heckuva lot more convenient if he never has to make one in the first place.

I guess that’s why they pay these guys the big bucks.

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As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

Regardless of how you feel about the purpose of House Bill 757, aka Georgia’s version of the “religious liberty” law, I don’t think there’s any doubt that if it is signed by Governor Deal, the result will be this state will have a shit storm of controversy raining down on it. Part of that storm will fall on the sports front.

Jeff Schultz did the round up with the usual suspects – the NFL, the local professional sports teams and the NCAA – and didn’t get a single shrug off.  An example:

The NCAA, which controls the site of the Final Four, also released a statement Friday night, saying in part it will “monitor current events, which include issues surrounding diversity, in all cities bidding on NCAA championships and events, as well as cities that have already been named as future host sites. Our commitment to the fair treatment of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, has not changed and is at the core of our NCAA values.  It is our expectation that all people will be welcomed and treated with respect in cities that host our NCAA championships and events.”

I have no doubt that poor ol’ Arthur Blank is livid right now about the possibility of having the Super Bowl snatched out from under him, and that the Braves aren’t too thrilled about not getting an early shot at an All-Star game in their shiny new digs, but the event I wonder about is the SEC Championship Game.  There are plenty of other venues that would be more than happy to host the event without threat of protest and you’d have to think Greg Sankey would have to ponder that possibility.

Here’s another one:

The College Football Playoff is not an NCAA event, however. The CFP is an autonomous organization run by the commissioners of the ten FBS conferences.

How many of them do you suppose want this kind of trouble?  Again, it’s not like there aren’t plenty of other stadiums more than happy to push Atlanta out of the way to host a semifinal or title game.

There’s a lot of prestige and a lot of money at stake.  (That’s even before you get to the expense of defending the inevitable litigation the bill, if signed, will spawn.)  How convincing will that prove to be to a governor who’s not up for reelection?  Stay tuned.

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“Greasy Political Payback”

I’m always amused at those of you who think my support of free market principles when it comes to student-athletes’ compensation translates into me being an unabashed socialist.

In the hope it proves illuminating, this is what a lefty bashing amateurism sounds like. See the difference?

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PAC Men

In Today’s Great Ideas Whose Time Has Come,

Division-I athletic directors want to create strong ties with Congress, state legislatures and other governmental bodies, and perhaps start a political action committee. Those are among the goals listed in the 2016-17 strategic plan for the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association, which is trying to make ADs more relevant in shaping the NCAA’s future.  [Emphasis added.]

Question:  would Greg McGarity tap the reserve fund for this?

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Thursday brunch buffet

A mid-day munch for you…

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Doing it for the children, or doing it to the children?

Really, there aren’t two more interesting intersections between the worlds of college football and politics than those we’re seeing in Louisiana and Missouri.

In the case of the latter, we’re watching the school struggle to respond to the demands of a hostile legislature and threats from gubernatorial candidates.  So there’s this.

Not sure what that means, or why only athletes will be required to enroll.  But I’m pretty sure it won’t be more than window dressing.

Meanwhile LSU is doubling down on the threat from state’s budget crisis.  Geaux, you Tigahs!

It’s not hyperbole, it’s reality, says LSU President F. King Alexander.

If the mid-year cuts to higher education are deep enough that campuses close early or that summer school is cut, then athletic programs will suffer, he told the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday afternoon.

Alexander, in his address, said that higher education institutions are trapped in “a fog” of uncertainty where school leaders are anxiously awaiting to find out from legislators how severe the damage will be on their individual campuses.

“I know a lot of people will say, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen,’” he said referring to the prospect of LSU football being hurt. “Well, that will happen if we don’t have summer school. We’ll only have half of our football team eligible.”

The recent theme of using football to garner attention for worst-case scenarios to higher education has been widely criticized by many legislators who have stated that the rhetoric is either unrealistic or that it minimizes the importance of cuts to academics.

“It’s not us saying that,” Alexander said. “It’s the NCAA telling us that — that student athletes have to be eligible to play. And yes, classes and sports go together. They’re student athletes, you can’t have one without the other.”

The man is practically begging Mark Emmert, who, if you’ll recall, once occupied his position, to stick his nose in Louisiana’s business.  I doubt it’ll work, but you have to give him credit for creativity.

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Just shut up.

His mind perhaps distracted by the size of Donald Trump’s penis, Marco Rubio goes for broke and elects to disregard the Dawgnation vote in Georgia.

Dude.

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