The National University Holiday Bowl, which will be played on December 27th at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, will pit the USC Trojans (8-4), who finished 24th in the last AP Poll, against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3). While USC’s offense normally receives most of the attention from the national media, defensive lineman Leonard Williams […]Read more
Finally tonight, a quick note of thanks to Mark Emmert, whose been looking like an odds on favorite to soon be the ex-head of the increasingly troubled NCAA. Emmert has lately been on a media tour of sorts and to say it’s been a disaster would be giving it and him a ton of undue credit.
In an effort to defend a system that has become ethically indefensible, Emmert has recently shown himself to be hopelessly tone deaf and as a result added fuel to a wildfire that now seems certain to drastically alter, if not flat out destroy, the very system he fronts.
His petulance couldn’t be more timely because this Friday is when football players at Northwestern University will vote on whether or not to unionize, a right recently approved by the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB fittingly sees the players not as students-athletes but as the student-employees they really are, and no matter how Friday’s vote goes, there’s no way that paste is going back in the tube.
The union vote, combined with Ed O’Bannon’s suit involving the NCAA’s use of player images, Jeffrey Kessler’s anti-trust suit charging them with price fixing, and Shawne Alston’s suit essentially charging restraint of trade, the die seems cast with only the details of the NCAA’s demise yet to be defined.
Faced with that reality, instead of addressing complaints that are clearly legitimate, Emmert has taken to showing his true colors and foolishly hastening his own end. So to the ever clueless Mr. Emmert, on behalf of your many critics and the college athletes who deserve a better shake, I thank you.
Maybe in Madden. That doesn’t count though. This was real life. It was amazing.
It’s less “writing about football” than “business reporting that smells like filthy jockstrap,” and it carries the same vernacular of confidence games, tautological assumptions of confidence, and backroom rumor leakage. And like business reporting, it rarely sees fit to correct itself even in the face of mounting evidence that someone, despite holding a title and a position of importance, might be utterly and evidentially incompetent. There is not an NFL studio crew commentary that doesn’t start a discussion of a coach without mentioning what a good man he is; there is not a GM who doesn’t “get it.”
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It’s quite possible that you’re looking at the high water mark for social media in sports. It may also be the beginning of geek peanut butter getting all up in your jock chocolate that you won’t be able to escape by this time next year. (via jamiemottram & Dr. Saturday)Read more