August 15, 2013
While you worry if the NCAA is investigating your college team because an athlete may have gotten a few bucks for signing some autographs, the NCAA has quietly been making cash off the sales of your favorite player’s jersey.
Is there a more graphic illustration of NCAA hypocrisy than its investigation of Johnny Manziel for possibly selling his autograph going on at the same time it cashes in off his name?
Instances like this have the major conferences started talking about “concerns” with the NCAA. In other words, It’s becoming clear that the big conferences have had enough of the NCAA. They think that it may be time to form their own subdivision, perhaps one outside of the NCAA.
One issue guiding this thinking is that the bigger conferences would like to be able to give their players a little bit more to live on.
From the numbers I have read, they are not talking huge dollars. In fact, one proposal I saw pertained to some percentages of jersey sales. It is rules like this and others that has the bigger conferences no longer wanting to play by the NCAA rules. I doubt if anyone is going to cry for the NCAA if that happens.
There would be numerous ramifications if the NCAA ceased to exist. With basketball, it would basically end the NCAA tournament as we know it. All the little schools, those like Florida Gulf Coast, would likely not be invited. Why would they be? You can’t have a system where the revenue drivers are being told they cannot do what they want to do. Critics talk about how no one will watch the games if the Northwest States of the world do not get a chance to beat the big guys. I do not buy that for a minute. Viewers want to watch two top-20 teams match up. They turn off the blowout games and do not have the time to tune in on the one in a hundred chance of Appalachian State beating Michigan a few years ago in football.
In college football, separating the haves from the have-nots is easy, and not all that painful: Basketball would be a bit tougher. And what about all the other sports? Lots of questions are still out there. But I do think the NCAA’s days are numbered. Coming up with a replacement though may be tougher then you think.
Rose Speaks Out (Again)
Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose put himself back in the news last week.
Rose, while appearing on a radio show to discuss Alex Rodriguez, quickly turned the interview to himself. He spoke of how all the current players being suspended are getting second chances. Rose then spoke of how he would take advantage of a second chance had he gotten one.
Rose then spoke of how he chose the wrong vice. He said that he should have picked drugs, alcohol, or domestic violence. Rose said that if you do any of those behaviors, you get second or third chances. He then rightly said that gamblers have not gotten a second chance.
While I feel Rose has a valid point, I don’t think Rose’s baseball eligibility should be restored. Rule 21, betting on baseball, is posted in every clubhouse around major league baseball. So is the penalty, a lifetime ban.
Golf’s Majors Are Over
Jason Dufner won the 2013 PGA Championship last weekend and his first-ever major title brought the 2013 Major’s season to a close.
Once again, Tiger Woods did not capture a Major during a calendar year. His winless streak at Majors is now at 18. In other words, it has been four and a half years since Tiger won a major. He is still stuck at 14 majors, four behind all-time leader Jack Nicklaus.
Tiger Woods earlier this year
For what it is worth to Tiger, he was one of 13 players who made the cut at all four majors this year. His cumulative score at the four venues was 14 over par, a figure that ranked sixth amongst his peers.
Major winners this year included Adam Scott at the Masters, Justin Rose at the US Open, Phil Mickelson at the British Open, and Dufner at the PGA. Four different winners again. One fact that points out that golf no longer has a dominating figure is that there have been 18 different winners from the past 21 majors. If only Tiger could have kept his SUV on his driveway.
Battle Of The Carolinas
The hype is starting to build for the college football season opener between the Tar Heels of North Carolina and the Gamecocks of South Carolina. Kickoff is set for August 29th in this matchup between the ACC and SEC. Bragging rights within the two conferences and the Carolinas are at stake.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier talked about the game earlier this week and brought up some injury news that may help UNC. He said that if the injuries don’t heal soon, three of his biggest playmakers and team leaders may not play in the season opener. He was referring to leading returning receiver Bruce Ellington, who’s been out with a hamstring problem, projected starting receiver Damiere Byrd, who recently pulled his hamstring, and the player that nobody in the Gamecocks’ fan base wants to hear mentioned with injury, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.