Posted: 9:51 am Monday, June 23rd, 2014

It’s ‘Mark Emmert Appreciation Night!’ (sorta) 

By Jeff Schultz

Mark Emmert: Making friends everywhere. (AP)

Mark Emmert: Making friends everywhere. (AP)

Congratulations, Mark Emmert: Now you have alienated minor league baseball.

Emmert, the NCAA president, has made a habit of saying the wrong things while defending the organization’s antiquated and disingenuous stance to not significantly increase the value of scholarships for student-athletes, even in the wake of mega-million revenue streams for this “amateur” enterprise. It happened again last week when Emmert testified in the Ed O’Bannon class-action anti-trust lawsuit: “To convert college sports into professional sports

Mr. Emmert, "Skipper" the mascot would to have a word with you. (Lake County Captains)

Mr. Emmert, “Skipper” the mascot would to have a word with you. (Lake County Captains)

would be tantamount to converting it into minor league sports. And we know that in the U.S. minor league sports aren’t very successful either for fan support or for the fan experience.”

One great thing about  some minor-league baseball teams is they know a great lampooning promotion when they see one.

The Lake County (Ohio) Captains, the Single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, will hold Mark Emmert Appreciation Night on July 2. Punctuating this mock celebration of Emmert and the NCAA:

• Fans will be permitted to move from their ticketed seat location to another season, following a one-inning waiting period.

• Prizes will include “one and done” player basketball cards and copies of college football and basketball video games (a reference to NCAA’s loss in EA Sports lawsuit).

• Fans wearing a “generic” college jersey that may or may not correspond to a specific player at the same college will be given “$100 handshakes” from a Captains’ booster.

• Fans working in pre-game promotions will not be compensated but “will have the satisfaction of just having the opportunity to participate.” Later, one promotional participant “will be crowned BCS (Big Captains Superstar) Champion via a subjective vote taken by members of the media and a computerized scoring algorithm.”

The team said it will give college students $2 discounts to the game, saying they would’ve given them tickets for free but were afraid it would compromise their amateur status. Also, four college students can win wristbands for an all-you-can-eat pass for a future game, a reference to the NCAA’s belated decision to finally expand meal privileges for athletes.

The Captains also invited Emmert to attend the game, where he will “have the opportunity to greet some of our hundreds of thousands fans who annually enjoy” games.

Just guessing: They probably have a better chance of getting O’Bannon to throw out the first pitch.

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29 comments
DrPhill
DrPhill

For some reason, I have given up on MLB and become a regular at Louisville Bats (AAA,Reds) games. The fans are great, reserved field level seats are $12, brats are $5, and the baseball is better than some unnamed ML teams. Emmert is an elite twit. He might as well use his academic buddy's term, "Little Sisters of the Poor." Emmert and Gordon Gee go together like peas and carrots.

DeaconBlues
DeaconBlues

Heaven forbid colleges would consider - GASP - educating athletes.  Heck, most colleges worry about fundraising more than they do about providing a practical, quality education.  Wonder how much they pay athletes at Oxford, Cambridge or The Sorbonne....

Drexel-Gal
Drexel-Gal

I don't understand how a fan can move to "another season".  WTF?

DrPhill
DrPhill

Mark Emmert is a pirate who would make Blackbeard green with envy.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

He sounds like a big Richard to me, i could be wrong.

JSSN
JSSN

The NCAA could have saved themselves from this whole thing in 1985 when they had a chance to setup a Trust of around $300 billion dollars and used it as a future endowment. At the minimum even with payment outlays they'd be looking at $650 billion in resources. Nope, they played power games with the Congress and old AAU. Now they kowtow to the TV networks and the big college football and basketball institutions! They're getting their just desserts!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

ComaToes....under your theory there would be only a handful of Universities playing any sports.  That sure would make a lot of proud graduates want to run you out of town on a rail or worse.  You think there is outrage in Iraq, do what you say and there is blood in the streets.

midwaycva41
midwaycva41

Do you think the Gwinnett Braves would also have an Emmert Appreciation Night?  What do the Grand Poohbas say at Braves HQ?

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

YogiBare.....you start paying all scholarship athletes, schools are going to start dropping sports teams ASAP.  Would you exclude athletes that are not on a full ride, say 1/2 or 3/4 ride?  ie; baseball, sailing, golf etc.  Schools like Kent St, Butler, American, James Madison et al, would be out of the college team business.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

" Fans will be permitted to move from their ticketed seat location to another...., following a one-inning waiting period."

Shouldn't this only be true if you move from one section to a further one.  If you just want to move a couple of rows away you should have to wait for TWO innings.

I am glad that they have invited Emert to the game, but shouldn't he be sitting in a VIP box and not mixing with the hoi polloi.

ComaToes
ComaToes

Pay them all a flat rate of $1000 per month, no matter the sport, and let that be it.  That's $12K per year and these college kids could easily live on that.  Otherwise it's going to be a monumental mess and will soon get out of hand trying to evaluate who gets what. BTW, if the unions get involved college sports is basically over !

Intruder
Intruder

They need to pay them.  Weed ain't that cheap anymore.


If they do pay them, an escrow account should be set up. To fund it, the NFL/NBA/MLB/Whoever, would deduct a set amount from each players salary that had signed a pro contract, starting with the first class that was paid to play college sports. This money would then be used to pay future college players. As for the money the colleges make, measures should be taken to guarantee that it should be used for the best purposes possible.


Even if the colleges did pay them, it would just be passed on to the public in one form or another. So money comes out of the pocket of some working stiff into the pocket of some jock who will lead a life of the utmost luxury. Is this right?

-sting-
-sting-

cfb, you nailed it. 

ComaToes
ComaToes

@Quackmeyer If a school's athletics cannot support an equitable amount, such as football which is the major draw, then they should not have sports programs anyway. That means the money is coming from other areas that may be doing without money it needs. (Or even taxpayers)

POAD2014
POAD2014

@PaulinNH HOI POLLOI? You're going too deep in the Vocab for most of us bloggers. I thought Hoi Polloi was what you eat with your fingers at a Hawaiian Luau.....lol

GuyOnThisSite
GuyOnThisSite

@YogiBare Many schools earn a lot more than that off their players.


In the end who should get the money? The players, the NCAA, school administrators? I think we can pretty much guarantee that if the student-athletes don't get it, it will go to someone who deserves it even less.


But a lot of the case is not about what happens in school, but after school. Should schools still be making money off the player's image and likeness after he/she has graduated, and not pay the kid a penny?

ComaToes
ComaToes

Math is correct.  $12K per year is per athlete.  i.e.  12 months@$1,000= $12K

POAD2014
POAD2014

@YogiBare try your math again. Some schools have a lot more athletes than others. You are saying PAY the Equestrian women as much as you pay the Football playing men? 

GuyOnThisSite
GuyOnThisSite

@Intruder Oh please...  Right now the money the schools make off these kids aren't going to some wonderful thing. They are going into the bank accounts of scum that exploit children. Why do you think school administrators deserve the money more than the kids who earned it?

POAD2014
POAD2014

@ConfederateFlagBurner He is a Wrong Coast Left Wingnut so don't expect the Southern readers to love JS.


Emmert is a fool but on the other hand College football doesn't need to PAY Players the HUGE money needs to go back into the institutions to LOWER College Costs so grads don't have to leave college with tens of thousands of dollars of debt. The stated of Georgia raised tuition more than 2/3rds of the other states in the US. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@POAD2014 

OK - how about not mixing with the

little people (TM, Leona Helmsley)

plebs (Romans)

proles (Orwell)

riff-raff

great unwashed

POAD2014
POAD2014

@YogiBare try again,,,,,,,,How MANY athletes are you going to pay?

MEN

85 scholarship football players.

8 Basketball players

now add lady sports and  GOLF, Baseball, Softball, Swimming an TRACK sports, I didn't even hit the other sports. 

Do you really thing colleges have the money? Really?

Now that the SEC has a NETWORK you will have to pay EVERY PLAYER that is on TV and the SEC Network is advertising 24/7 coverage. That 24/7 means ALL SPORTS will be on TV so EVERY PLAYER gets a cut.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@YogiBare I agree Pay ONE player Pay them ALL but that can't happen and Title IX will make sure for every Man that is paid a Woman will be paid.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@PaulinNH you always go the the HIGHER level.....it must be that you know so much about Futbal....lmao