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Mark Emmert Says “Thanks But No Thanks” To Pay For Play


I just hate the idea of people under the age of 23 having money.  Hate it, hate it, hate it.

One of the big storylines early in this off season revolved around a push for a way to let college players benefit from some of the revenue they help generate. John Calipari got the ball rolling by nationalizing the conversation, first with KSR and later with ESPN radio shows.  Then things got more serious as Steve Spurrier proposed a plan that would pay football players x amount of dollars (I believe the number he used was 300,) for each game they played in.  The idea was shot down, of course, but it kept the conversation going.  Finally even SEC Commissioner Mike Slive joined in the chorus during his SEC Media Days opening speech, including looking into full-cost-of-attendance scholarships, which would increase the amount of money players receive.

All in all it looked like the talks were moving somewhere.  At the very least people were getting used to the idea of sharing revenues with players, whether it was in the form of greater stipends or creating a four conference super league like Calipari suggested.

So much so, that the issue had to be addressed during the NCAA summit that’s currently going on.  News from the summit has been slow to trickle out due to the exclusion of most media, but some came out today regarding paying players.

As far as Steve Spurriers proposal – pay for play – Mark Emmert has completely shot the idea down for whatever reason.  In his words “There is absolute consensus we will never move to pay for play.” Strong words, but the idea seemed a little far fetched at this point anyways, so I understand.

However the idea of a cost-of-attendance proposal seems to be picking up steam as Emmert claims the NCAA is working on a number of proposals, of which most would make the scholarships permissible but not mandatory.

All in all, the theme of the meeting seems to be following that which Slive first introduced at SEC Media Days.  There’s a lot wrong with the system in general and it’s time to look at our options to fix it.

The times?  They are a changin’.

We still don’t like Emmert though.

Article written by Will Lentz

33 Comments for Mark Emmert Says “Thanks But No Thanks” To Pay For Play

    8:24 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink


  2. Mr Handsome
    8:29 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    First good decision this man has made

  3. bung
    8:41 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    I cant stand his pic…could you just show a horses butt?

  4. Mr Schwump
    8:47 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    He didn’t want the Ohio St guys to take a pay cut.

  5. Fear the Lamb
    8:50 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert could play “The Jerk” from the old Steve Martin movie.

  6. StevieD
    8:57 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like a sissy boy to me.

  7. Nelson
    8:59 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink


  8. ObamainheritedAAAcreditfromBush
    9:03 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    NCAA football and basketball are modern day slavery. Billions made off young people who are forced to live in certain places, perform in class as well as on the field or court, whether they want to or not. Elites get rich off mainly black youth…

  9. big tim
    9:08 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    1 ncaa has a facebook. it bs they let duke have all there 3 game against china on espnu/espn3 and let them call it duke with current players. but dont let ky have there 2 games even on local tv. look like they got diffrent rule for different schools

  10. The Rock
    9:12 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA won’t do anything about this pay-for-play ordeal until large waves of top high school talent begin to skip college and go overseas to play instead. When the John Wall’s and Jared Sullinger’s of the world start taking the Brandon Jennings route, attendance and profit margins will suffer. As long as profits are high, Emmert won’t seriously consider it at all.

  11. twnky
    9:15 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    #9 don’t ever, ever post a link that with that web address again. Ever.

  12. twnky
    9:17 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    one too many ‘thats’

  13. twnky
    9:18 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    sorry one too many ‘thats’

  14. In Cal We Trust
    9:26 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Jay Bilas sends a stinger to the NCAA on the whole Calipari and 500 wins situation…

    Kyle (MO)

    Will Kentucky basketball ever not have to start over and get new recuits.

    Jay Bilas (4:12 PM)

    UK is not starting over this year. With Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Darius Miler back, John Calipari has more returning than he has had thus far in Lexington. But, if Cal keeps getting to ten and twenty recruits, they will keep going early. What he has done with such young players has been remarkable. And, they will be good again this year. John has done an amazing job. Did you know that he has dished out over 500 losses to his opponents during his career? The NCAA says so.

    Calipari may not have 500 wins, but the NCAA does state that he has dished out over 500 losses. Haha, I love it.

  15. Roland
    9:38 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    And how much does Emmert get each year for making these decisions?

    9:39 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert, looks and sounds like a USED CAR SALESMAN, talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time.

    9:39 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert, looks and sounds like a USED CAR SALESMAN, talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time.

  18. Roland
    9:40 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    that Emmert job is EASY work if ya can get it.

  19. Roland
    9:43 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert job description: make it up as ya go.

  20. Mack
    9:53 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Where Emmert is concerned just follow the money; check the reactions to him leaving UW on the internet and the number of UW employees who lost their jobs. Maybe he will get a kick back from the Euro leagues for the number of players he runs off from the ncaa to Europe.

  21. shadowboxer
    9:54 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    I know a guy who is a student at UK on a full academic scholarship and he gets additional money each semester for living expenses. This is after all tuition, books, room and board. He doesn’t contribute one dollar to UK. Nada. Granted, he got a 36 on the ACT, but he is still getting paid to attend college. Not a bad deal. Why can’t athletes get a buck or two?

  22. Roland
    9:56 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s start a MOVEMENT! FIRE EMMERT! A website and a twiiter account would get the ball rolling,

  23. Irishhooliganx
    10:05 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Emmert.

    Put your arm behind your back.
    Make a fist.
    Squeeze it tight.
    And pull that stick out of your ass.

  24. Tim in Korea
    10:16 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert has made it clear that the NCAA wants to keep all revenues for themselves. No money for players. More money for him and his cronies.

  25. Reedwizard
    10:53 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    The players are already paid. Jerseys are the only thing tied to specific athletes and can be the only thing that they should get a percentage of. Quit yelping for them to get ‘paid,’ they already are. How is signing a LOI to a school slavery? I should make $250,000 a year teaching because of all of the students that enter the marketplace with the skills I taught them but I make $45,000 because that’s what the job pays and I signed the contract agreeing to work. I also signed my full tuition scholarship to UK and paid $3,000 a year for dorms, food and living expenses. A raw deal for sure, but I had to work for my scholarship and performed at all types of UK events including all home football and bball games. UK owes me nothing an I am thankful for my opportunities there and graduating with my degree.

  26. kycatman
    10:54 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    #22, sounds like an excellent idea to me. Let’s get it going already and move this dumbass out of office and hopefully the country. I would personally love to smack the dog sh** out of him. He needs to go piss up a rope or something!!

  27. MattJoneslikesboys
    11:07 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    Cal is already ahead of the curve. He and Wes have being buying players for years. It’s a shame you hicks are too stupid to see it.

  28. Onions
    11:12 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    25 – Those you can, do. Those who can’t, teach. You knew the deal. You decided to settle for that safe government check. No sympathy here.

  29. Ben
    11:31 pm August 9, 2011 Permalink

    #3 you are spot on! Brown spot that is. A horses ass would be a big improvement!

  30. Duke Sucks
    6:29 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    #27 – – – Eat A DICK

  31. turkeyblue
    10:35 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    He looks like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.

  32. turkeyblue
    10:39 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    27) I am sure Pitino, Calhoun, Williams, Coach K, Self, . . . don’t? Go trim your line beard and iron your flat bill.

  33. Mike Gillespie
    1:20 pm August 10, 2011 Permalink

    Okay – how about this as a solution for college players. Rather than paying them directly,
    why not deposit $X per year of completed eligibility that they can then receive at the time of their graduation. If it’s $2,000 per year, a kid who goes straight through and graduates in four years would have $8,000 plus interest awaiting him. If he’s a one-and-done player, his $2,000 for that year will be awarded upon completion of his degree – of course, if he’s in the NBA, that’s less than chicken feed, but it might encourage him to finish his degree sometime.
    Anyway … just a thought.