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|16 hours 43 min ago||I am not defending the NCAA||
I am not defending the NCAA argument (to the extent they are making it) that a student cannot also be an employee. What I am saying is that if all student athletes (or at least those in revenue sports at D-1 schools) are employees, then NCAA restrictions on eligibility (4 years, no pro experience, must at least nominally attend school) are highly unlikely to stand over time. A school will undoubtedly be able to hire its students, but there will be no guarantee that other schools will have to (or be able to formally agree to) require all athletes to be students with 4 years of eligibility and no history as a pro. You may believe that those aspects of college sports aren't important, and that is perfectly fine, but they are unlikely to survive if athletes are ruled to be employees.
|16 hours 48 min ago||Salary caps are agreed to||
Salary caps are agreed to pursuant to collective bargaining, which makes many actions that would otherwise violate antitrust law legal. For instance, MLB owners could not unilaterally impose a hard (NFL-style) salary cap. If they tried, they would be subject to legal action; if all of the owners just decided amongst themselves to stay under (for instance) $90 million, even in the absence of a league mandate the owners would open themselves up to a collusion suit.
|1 day 11 hours ago||That's fair||
But I think the more important question is whether if college athletes are deemed to be employees, whether then colleges or the NCAA can force the employee-athletes to also be students, have only 4 years of eligibility, and not have pro experience first. I'm sure that the NCAA could permit college athletes to be students, but can they restrict the employee athletes to current students and can they restrict their eligibility? One might reasonably argue that those aspects of college sport are not important. That's fine--just don't argue that if athletes are deemed to be employees that they will be able to be required to be students and (generally) only come in at 18 with no pro experience.
|1 day 11 hours ago||A school's internal hiring||
A school's internal hiring decisions for work-study students are very different than what they would be for employee-athletes that compete against other employee athletes under common guidelines developed and enforced by the NCAA.
|1 day 11 hours ago||To be clear, I was just||
To be clear, I was just explaining how a judge might view that argument, not my personal hopes for what the college system turns into or whether it would be viable. My guess is that college football would lose some popularity but it wouldn't crater, and a similar number of ADs will continue to make money as others suffer. As for what I want to see, that's a completely different story...
|1 day 12 hours ago||And you are correct that we||
And you are correct that we are a long way away from a CFL player suing to become an employee-athlete at a college, but (if the employee-athlete model is ultimately upheld) a number of these changes are highly likely over time, even if it does not all come at once. Just because risks are delayed or not temporally imminent does not mean they are not real. I think the bigger debate is whether they are tolerable, ie if we decide we don't care about the college kid/no pros/4 year eligibility model.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Maybe, but highly unlikely||
That is a pretty strained argument, especially given the popularity of pro football. Besides, that argument boils down to essentially "let us act in a way otherwise barred by antitrust law because it will make our product more desirable." A judge will see right through that argument, and if not an appellate panel will. If college athletes are employees, there is no job-related necessity (meaning a reason related to the worker's ability to perform his or her job) that I can think of for restricting to college students with remaining "eligibility" as currently defined.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Respectfully, Brian||
I think you are way too quick to dismiss Emmert's point about who can be "hired" to play football (and the companion question about maximum length of eligibility). I'm not trying to defend everything Emmert or the NCAA are arguing, but simply these two points.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Will the Bolivian work||
Will the Bolivian work release program now pick up steam? Work off your banishment by picking up trash around the blog while wearing an orange vest in lieu of a full trip? Or perhaps an mgoblog sentence will be commuted if a user does one or more games of community service, ie helping moderate the liveblog? Stranger things have happened...
|2 days 12 hours ago||Agreed on all counts||
Just like fit in a system in college recruiting is not always reflect in generalized recruiting rankings, or changing coaches can lead otherwise heralded recruits to underperform, an NBA (or NFL) GM and coach being on different pages will kill a team.
|2 days 14 hours ago||In a draft based on potential...||
NBA teams would rather take somebody who is super athletic who needs to work on his defense or jump shot (both of which are seen as teachable) rather than somebody who has a good shot but is too unathletic to get his shot off in the NBA or a good college defender who isn't athletic enough to do it in the pros. Although JJ Reddick was drafted high and has stuck around the pros, I think NBA teams have visions of what Tyrus Thomas did to him in the NCAA tournament (leading the skill-less Thomas to get drafted by a Bulls team that could have taken LaMarcus Aldridge with the second overall pick).
|2 days 17 hours ago||My attitude used to be to||
My attitude used to be to redshirt any player that won't contribute about the minutes that Irvin did last season (why waste a season of eligibility on under ten minutes per game and about 2 points, to use Caris as an example). But man, Beilein sure does develop his players--so much so that I'm not really that worried about missing out because of early contributions. There is no equivalent (it seems) to burning Devin's redshirt for a handful of plays or other football adventures in minimal contributions...
|3 days 4 hours ago||Obi Ezeh has remaining||
Obi Ezeh has remaining eligibility? I can feel Brian's head asplode when he passively accepts a pick...
|3 days 10 hours ago||I have no doubt that the OP||
I have no doubt that the OP accurately reported the conversation and Huff was being forthright about his feelings. However, this comment (about no offer yet and the McGary contingency) hits it right on the head. Not always, but frequently it seems that offering a prospect increases their interest. Conversely, it is rare that a kid who didn't dream of Michigan all his life will have Michigan as the favorite prior to getting a (real) offer.
|4 days 18 hours ago||That could give you some||
That could give you some extraneous results, though, because a playoff series is ordered. For instance, from the perspective of the prevailing team, you will never play a series that is W-W-W-W-L-L-W. The presence of those scenarios might skew your results.
|4 days 18 hours ago||The butter burger might get cold||
On the way from Nashville to Iowa City, but the fries might survive.
|6 days 13 hours ago||I'm no Emmert lover but I disagree with your point||
Eligibility is a myth based on the student athlete construct. I'm no labor lawyer, but I have a hard time imagining that work rules that have nothing to do with the job at hand would withstand legal challenge. If university athletes are employees, I'm not sure how schools could force them to be students. If the schools try to point to an NCAA rule, they would have to defend against an antitrust action, which is not a slam dunk.
|6 days 16 hours ago||May there be good McGary news||
May there be good McGary news before next Friday--but until then, have a good Friday today!
|1 week 11 hours ago||The Onion shares your lack of concern|
|1 week 14 hours ago||Why didn't Michigan recruit||
Why didn't Michigan recruit Stauskas and GRIII harder?!!?!1? They are perfect fits for what Beilein runs.
|1 week 2 days ago||That picture is||
That picture is amazing/telling/scary.
|1 week 2 days ago||It means they will rigress||
It means they will rigress (which I always assumed was a female rig)--duh.
|1 week 2 days ago||Then we would be||
Then we would be Florida--mercifully that play of two Florida players blocking each other has possibly supplanted the unblocked Clowney hit on Vincent Smith as the ESPN favorite clip to endlessly play(tm)
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting...||
As far as I know, law is the only field where students run most of the major scholarly periodicals. Law students do a fine job editing and reviewing the scholarly works (from professors mostly, and some from other students). I understand that a news gathering operation is different from a stuffier scholarly periodical, but I see no reason why students could not put together very good local, sports, and arts coverage. Fields that are more relationship-based where the players are outside the local community (state or national politics, for instance) are much more difficult for the constant personnel churn of a student paper. But that leaves a lot of space for student newspapers to fill.
|1 week 3 days ago||And Jay Mariotti is a heinie||
And Jay Mariotti is a heinie bird.
|1 week 3 days ago||Do you think that Ohio fans||
Do you think that Ohio fans would poop in a water cooler? It's a higher degree of difficulty than a beer cooler, but because it is more disgusting I'll bet somebody has been game...
|1 week 3 days ago||Wasn't Malcolm Hill one of||
Wasn't Malcolm Hill one of their best players this past year when he started making regular appearances in the starting lineup (coinciding with their hot streak)? If my memory is correct, it seems hard to believe that he will be a candidate for losing his starting spot.
|1 week 3 days ago||Don't be so dismissive...I||
Don't be so dismissive...I heard that this "Nik Stauskas" character had a gut feeling about the next moves of Nik Stauskas. And he's the type of guy whose gut feelings you should trust.
|1 week 3 days ago||Imagine that...||
A coach coaching one of his players to do probably what he should have done all along, the coach calling himself out in the mildest way possible after the fact and taking heaps of credit for all improvement. Like that idiot Rosenberg said about coach Cal: "always selling"...
|1 week 3 days ago||Like everybody else, I thought big news was afoot...||
Y u troll me so hard, drupal?!??!