There's an interesting ARTICLE over at MLive where Marcus Ray, Marlin Jackson and David Cone are interviewed regarding their views on paying players. The article is hardly in-depth, but it's interesting that (apart from - rightly - noting that players ought to have compensation if their image is appropriated) they tend to view paying players as a Pandora's Box.
They generally support a bigger stipend for living expenses, but all three shy away from full employee status for student athletes for various reasons. Marlin Jackson notes that increased support for football-related injuries would be a good use of revenue:
"What about the guy who tore an ACL or had a herniated disk in college. Then, a few years down the line, he's ailing or in pain and there's nothing to take care of his surgery or his care down the road. I feel like that's maybe a bigger issue."
It's hardly a deep drill on the topic, but interesting to hear some ex-players' thoughts on a controversial issue.
Per TomVH, he did visit ND this weekend and will be calling the coaches this afternoon after school. Let the speculation begin.
The BTN agreed to a contract with Cablevision and Time Warner in which it will become a part of those carriers' NY/NJ cable packages. The BTN hopes to reach a similar agreement with Comcast before the football season.
Quick thought: The addition of the parasite that is Rutgers would have been a complete disaster if this somehow didn't go through, so I suppose we should be glad given that Rutgers is set to start draining the B1G's bodily fluids in the near future. Of course, it remains to be seen whether any of the money from these deals will go to improving B1G football and/or improving the lives of athletes.
EDIT: The recent profits of B1G teams are below. The money from these deals could make more of a difference than I realized for the Minnesotas and MSUs of the world. A look at the profit figures from 2007-08 until 2012-13 for 13 of the 14 Big Ten schools. Northwestern, a private school, did not report figures.
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So there seems to be a lot of OT lately, and not suprisingly so since it is the summer and there is really no news coming out of Fort Schembechler. Since usualy this time of year going into summer I start thinking of what I should get to improve my tailgating experience for my guests that I take with me to games in the fall. I have nothing real special for my tailgates, I have a standard canopy tent, weber grill, cornhole boards, a basic fold out table for food, I just bought a Jawbone bluetooth speaker so I can play music with my iphone, a football. I don't have a generator because a quiet one is quite expensive, but I bought a power converter. Last year for one of the afternoon games I was able to use it to bring a TV and brought an antennae and watch some games on ABC/CBS. So I just want to ask other Michigan tailgaters, what are some different things you have for you tailgates that make unique compared to other tailgates or what do you hope to get to add to it?
Here's the methodology, if like me you are both inherently suspicious of these kinds of things and, well, kind of addicted to them. 2014
(Sorry if someone already posted--I can't seem to search effectively.)