- 9:51 am Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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
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 [More]
- 10:57 am Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
One would think that with all of the punches the NCAA is being hit with these days, it would become a better loser. Instead, it continues to provide more fodder for criticism.
Latest example: There’s a proposed $40 million settlement for class-action lawsuits filed by 200,000 to 300,000 former NCAA football and basketball players, whose likenesses were used by video game manufacturer EA Sports without their permission. This is just one of several lawsuits and issues the NCAA is dealing with, all circling around the fallacy of amateur athletics that it’s trying to perpetuate.
Anyway, this was the NCAA’s official response Wednesday [More]