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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.

Bryant Gumbel, Real Sports

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.”

Spencer Hall, with a question that needed to be asked, Why does the NFL make for such bad media?

Source sbnation.com

Paterno and Second Mile chairman pursued $125M real estate deal during 2002 Sandusky allegations


Around the same time Jerry Sandusky was allegedly caught raping a boy in 2002, Joe Paterno was investing in a $125 million luxury retirement community with board members from the same charity Sandusky used to recruit his victims. And that’s not the only fishy link between Paterno, Penn State and Second Mile that The Daily’s Sarah Ryley exclusively found. 

The plot thickens.

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