What comes to mind when you think of the NCAA? Powerhouse? Money? Bully? Oh wait, did I forget college sports?
That’s the dilemma. Why is it that every great sports society is crashing to pathetic schemes of cheats and money? The NBA couldn’t keep the players happy, the NFL couldn’t keep the refs happy, the MLB can’t keep drugs off the field, and the NCAA can’t leave well enough alone when it comes to money.
The NCAA is falling to the classic case of wanting to have their cake and eat it too. They want all the money that can possibly come from a player, team, or university, yet expect that there be no problem with the fact that whenever a players name is put on a jersey, football, or team program, the kid shouldn’t profit as that takes away from their trademark. Bogus.
Now don’t get me wrong, as an avid Arkansas Razorback fan I would have loved to see the fall of men like Cam Newton, Reggie Bush, and the now notable Johnny Manziel. I can’t stand the arrogance displayed by “Johnny Football”. It’s a disgrace to the Aggies, SEC, and even the NCAA. However, his skill has brought him fame. His ability on the field (and sadly it stops there) has earned him admiration. And now he gets slammed for demanding money for that name. The sixth witness has now emerged from the shadows saying that Manziel asked for money in order to have him sign a piece of memorabilia. His name means money. And who gets that money? You guessed it. The NCAA.
Remember the opening scene of the Godfather? Where Don Corleone is asked to take care of the men who attacked the mans daughter? Corleone has built up a name. People fear him and he gets all respect, credit, and money through a shady business. However, the people come back. He provides an out. He is the one to take care of the needs of the people, no matter how unethical the means are.
The NCAA is Don Corleone.
The people need the NCAA. Lets face it, any avid sports fan knows that the eyes are on college sports. It’s why we pack stadiums out, paint our chests, donate millions to alumni funds, and become like kids at Christmas come March Madness. The people need NCAA. So what does that lead us to do? We come to it (on the day of our daughters wedding) and we are willing to look the other way, turn our head and let the deeds get done. Let the dirty money schemes pass as long as we get out tailgate and rivalry the day after thanksgiving! We respect it. We give it credit. We give it our money. And that’s why the NCAA is rolling big.
Corrupt system is thriving! Tainting sports? Making them better? Providing a hope for the future of the NCAA? Let me know you thoughts and give it a like! Thanks for reading the Sports Dish!