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|NCAA making mockery of system|
So let's see here. Mississipi State is facing Michigan in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fl.
The NCAA is obviously making money from ESPN. ESPN is making money from advertisers. The Gator Bowl is making money from attendees. Jacksonville is making money from visitors. Local newspapers and television stations are making money from advertisers by reporting the games.
And Mississippi State and Michigan are just trying to break even.
Huh? What in the world is wrong with this picture?
Mississippi State will receive $1.125 million from the $2.2 million the Gator Bowl is paying the Southeastern Conference.
Travel, the school's bowl gifts to players (up to $350 per player, per NCAA rules), food and lodging for players and staff, and other unbudgeted costs are expected to exceed $1 million.
Michigan had 2,000 tickets remaining of its required minimum allotment of 12,750 last week.
Both schools will receive money from co-conference schools in other bowls. Thank goodness!
Of course, the players do not receive any kind of money (well, most of them don't). Yet they are putting in a lot more hours than some of those NCAA bozos.
And I won't even get into the Ohio State fiasco.
OK, I will.
Sure those five guys must have all had concussions in their final games thinking they could get away with selling their rings and other possessions. And at a tatoo parlor? Yeah, that's sure going to be a smooth and honest transition.
But it was kind of crazy to see Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who will make almost $3.9 million this season, and athletic director Gene Smith, who is being paid $1 million, talking about an offensive lineman who sold his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000.
I'm not blaming Tressel or Smith. It's just the whole unfair system of players being used and abused by an organization that apparently sets forth rules as the game goes along, tweaking them to benefit themselves in the end.
There was no way these five guys were going to miss the Sugar Bowl. But we're not going to allow them to play against Akron, Toledo and Colorado.
Did the NCAA not see the outrage that has poured out over this one coming? Or were they too busy counting the money from the Terrelle Pryor jersey sales.
I wish I had a dollar for every time the word hypocrisy has been used to describe this organization.
Then again, these are the same people who can't figure out a playoff format. And I love the excuse about taking players out of class. What in the world are you doing with Thursday night football? That's a couple of extra school days these guys are missing. Let's see, when LSU goes to Starkville for a Thursday night game next year they will have to leave on Wednesday instead of a normal Friday and not go back to class until Monday.
Maybe ESPN will provide them with excuses.
Getting back to the bowls, so we have the players getting no money out of the postseason, and most schools that make money for the NCAA either losing money or breaking even in their bowl games.
I'm not sure of Michigan's final numbers, but I do now that by failing to qualify for a bowl game for the first time in 34 years last year, they did not lose money and may have actually saved some.
Obviously, those teams competing in a BCS bowl come out ahead.
But what about the folks competing in the second-rate, third-rate and just plain horrible bowls? Sure that's a reward. But I don't think a free week at Embassy Suites is part of that reward.
Surely most of these schools have to be coming out in the red.
Something tells me the NCAA is not coming out on the negative side in any bowl game.
How do those NCAA folks sleep at night?
Unfortunately, very well.
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