NCAA to discontinue jersey sales through its online store

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NCAA to discontinue jersey sales through its online store

Patric Schneider/AP - The NCAA web site no longer will sell the jerseys of players like Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel following a campaign by ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas.


By Liz Clarke, Published: August 8 E-mail the writer
The NCAA is getting out of the business of selling jerseys of star college athletes via its Web site, ShopNCAASports.com, the organization’s president said Thursday, after he conceded the practice created the perception of hypocrisy and would be halted.

“In the national office we certainly recognize why that could be seen as hypocritical indeed,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said during a conference call. “The business of having the NCAA sell those kinds of goods is a mistake, and we’re going to exit that business immediately.”


The decision came just two days after ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas, a lawyer and former standout basketball player at Duke, posted a series of tweets that proved highly embarrassing to the NCAA in light of its insistence that it doesn’t profit from the likeness of individual student-athletes.

The NCAA repeated that claim in recent court filings related to a 2009 antitrust suit brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon. The suit gained six current Division I football players as litigants last month.

Bilas needed few words to rebut the NCAA. He simply explained via Twitter how to type in a specific athlete’s name in the search function of the NCAA’s online store, then posted the image that popped up: A school jersey with the individual player’s number. Bilas repeated the experiment several times, posting tweets with the jerseys of Johnny Manziel, the Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner who’s under investigation by the NCAA for accepting money for signing autographs, and other football and basketball players.

Within hours, the Web site’s search function was disabled, which prompted only more commentary about the NCAA’s apparent hypocrisy in refusing to allow athletes to profit from their own likeness while doing so itself without sharing the proceeds.

Named president of the NCAA in April 2010, Emmert said Thursday that he didn’t know why or when the NCAA got in the business of selling player jerseys on its online store.

“I don’t believe it should have been in that business,” he added. “I don’t think it’s something that’s appropriate for us, and we’re going to exit it.”

The NCAA’s retreat doesn’t mean fans can’t continue to buy jerseys of their favorite college players, whether at campus stores, sporting-goods retailers or on Web sites. It only means the NCAA is dissociating itself from a glaring double-standard amid the scrutiny of an antitrust suit that could put it out of business.

Emmert said the NCAA got no revenue from the sale of player-specific merchandise on its online store but simply served as a middle-man in the transactions.
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Bilas upset NCAA profits off of college athletes but works for ESPN. :rolleyes:
 

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Bilas upset NCAA profits off of college athletes but works for ESPN. :rolleyes:
I think he's upset that the NCAA is punishing players who profit from their own achievements. All this is meant to illustrate how wrong that is.

But it is true that every single person who profits from college sports, but supports stopping the athletes from doing the same, is a dirty hypocrite.
 

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Should the schools be earning money off the players likenesses?
 

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Should the schools be earning money off the players likenesses?
Yes. Everyone involved should be making money. That's not the problem, money is a good thing. It buys designer clothes, fancy cars, hookers, cocaine, and sometimes even powdered milk and diapers for the babies that happen to pop out of the coked up hookers.

The problem is that the athletes, who are responsible for earning most of that money, aren't allowed to keep any of it. Their hookers' babies all go without powdered milk. And that's just wrong.
 

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Yes. Everyone involved should be making money. That's not the problem, money is a good thing. It buys designer clothes, fancy cars, hookers, cocaine, and sometimes even powdered milk and diapers for the babies that happen to pop out of the coked up hookers.

The problem is that the athletes, who are responsible for earning most of that money, aren't allowed to keep any of it. Their hookers' babies all go without powdered milk. And that's just wrong.
Whores yes, hookers....no.
 

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The NCAA is the most shady, hypocritical, inept, and ass backwards organization there is.

But I still don't believe that college athletes should be paid.
 

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The NCAA is the most shady, hypocritical, inept, and ass backwards organization there is.

But I still don't believe that college athletes should be paid.
Instead of being paid, there should be a system in place where they receive free education, room/board, trashy white girl pussy, clothes/shoes, and are hired by local businesses because they had half a sack once.
 

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Instead of being paid, there should be a system in place where they receive free education, room/board, trashy white girl pussy, clothes/shoes, and are hired by local businesses because they had half a sack once.
As a person who enjoyed some of what you described (We aimed higher than trashy white girl pussy), but also paid out from college fund savings and working.....There were athletes that got paid...as well as police that got paid off when the athletes misbehaved. Still wondering how a guy from Newark who showed up at my dorm in a church van was driving a New Suburban three weeks later.
 

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With the billions college athletes bring in to colleges by using their skills one the field they deserve monetary compensation of some kind legitimately. This way the kids dont have to worry about being suspended for taking money from boosters or for working what amounts to a no show job