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ESPN: NCAA Committee report a joke because it doesn’t address biggest issue

The national media spent the day breaking down — and in most cases, slamming — the NCAA Commission on College Basketball’s recommendations on how to fix the sport. We went over those recommendations this morning, but the best recap I’ve seen comes from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, Myron Medcalf, and Jeff Borzello, who argue the report is a failure because it deflects the biggest issue facing college hoops: not compensating players.

“It’s preposterous to think that abolishing the one-and-done rule will fix all of college basketball’s problems,” Givony writes. “The much bigger issue is not allowing players to profit from their likeness, receive endorsement deals or be properly compensated by schools for the huge amount of money they generate, one the commission conveniently deflected, citing ongoing litigation and other issues.

“The word ‘agent’ is mentioned 107 times in the report; ‘advisor’ 28 times and ‘third parties’ 23 times. At some point, the NCAA will need to stop looking for boogeymen to blame for its issues, look in the mirror and try to understand why players are being approached so successfully by different people in the basketball industry. If the NCAA won’t allow players to earn money, they will always find someone else who can.”

Ultimately, all of the problems facing college basketball stem from money. Players at every level help their team succeed, which in turn helps the school profit. Yes, they get a scholarship and a stipend, but can you imagine how much money John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Karl Towns, etc. have made for Kentucky? And they barely see a cent. That kind of hypocrisy is what got the NCAA into this mess in the first place, and instead of addressing it head on, the committee deflected, making today’s report a total joke.

Do yourself a favor and go read ESPN’s summary. And continue to be disappointed in a system that will never truly be reformed.



Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

40 Comments for ESPN: NCAA Committee report a joke because it doesn’t address biggest issue

  1. StuckinLville
    5:03 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    Davis Wall and Cousins contracts combine for an absurd amount of money. That in college was just pocket change. If students are great academically and helping the school acheive grants, more funding, etc, do they get paid? No. So why should a player playing a sport get paid? Athletes are already overpaid so let them consider it pro bono work.

    • KYcats11
      5:15 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      I’ve said this many of times. They should NOT be paid a salary, but should benefit off their likeness and name.

    • wes720
      5:28 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      If a student is great academically they can sale there ideas, research, discoveries, etc to the highest bidder. A sports player can’t even have a job. Not exactly an equal comparison

    • ksrbluesbrother
      5:36 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      I agree with you StuckinLville. These are teams that represent academic institutions first. I have never been impressed with much of the rationale and opinion of the KSR crew unfortunately that are “off the charts” juvenile most all of the time. They appear to shill for the athletes to garner endearment in return to further their own KSR purposes. Your argument referencing the rank and file academic students whose contributions collectively contribute greatly to the university financially, cannot be dismissed while ignorantly petitioning for a financial benefit for a small segment of the student body who play a sport. This argument Tyler makes is just stupid on its face and spits in the faces of every other student on campus.

    • timbo
      7:42 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      Wes you are exactly wrong on EVERY point. Maybe you should really look into the topics you just presented as true/fact?

    • StuckinLville
      6:43 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      You think their ideas even remotely match the million dollar contracts? And 3 of them are making money right now on their signing tours.

    • Good Times
      6:58 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      No, not millions.. Mark Zuckerberg says billions.

  2. Ridge Runner
    5:16 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    So the best players go pro and we get what’s left. Ok, let’s get the best of what’s left and focus on that. All I can do as a fan is support who we have. The money issues are still there but that’s the case in all collegiate sports as kids get paid with scholarships. It is what it is.

  3. luke_emberton
    5:24 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    athletes get
    Free meal plans
    Free tutors
    Free education for life
    Free room and board
    Free access to athletic facilities
    and $540 every 2 weeks

    • Get Sh*t Right
      5:28 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      You think college athletes get paid $1080 a month?

    • BBNDan7
      5:46 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      Okay, and so do full ride academia’s. But they don’t generate billions

    • StuckinLville
      6:42 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      It doesnt matter what they generate. That’s like saying because you’re a nerd and not an athlete then you aren’t useful to us. THEY ARE AMATEURS. Go to the G League or overseas if it’s all about the money.

    • binarysolo
      6:42 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      Cool, so let’s say I employ you for $1/day. And let’s say I make $1,000,000 off the work you do. Is that fair?

    • timbo
      7:45 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      Cool. Ever heard of “at will” employment contract “binary”??? Kinda blows your absurd point out of the water. That’s after economics 101 blows your point out of the water. You think an NBA franchise or any employer should make less or no money off of your work? You think they can’t get someone else? There’s a reason it’s amateur and there are rules against pay for play.

    • StuckinLville
      6:49 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      These kids choose to play college ball. There are other options but they choose to go to school to develop and further their education. If they dont like it, like I said somewhere else, go to the G League or overseas. THIS IS COLLEGE! These players, especially UK, are well taken care of. Take an average person like me who went to college and what extra benefits did I get? None.

  4. TB112162
    5:33 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    This was a joke

  5. runningunnin.454
    5:34 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    Great day; we get to kick the NCAA around, and UL pulled a doubleheader.

  6. ukwildcat1991
    5:41 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    Amateurism – 1. One who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession. 2. Sports An athlete who has never accepted money, or who accepts money under restrictions specified by a regulatory body, for participating in a competition.

    There is the definition for you guys. That’s all I got to say

  7. cat fan stan
    5:55 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    It’s not about being paid to play a college sport. It’s about being able to profit off of their brand or name. Why can’t a college athlete sell their autograph? Why can’t they profit from any merchandise sales. It’s convenient that when the seasons starts the schools will sell Jersey’s with no names on the back but they coincidently happen to be the same numbers as the current team.

    • Ridge Runner
      6:07 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      Great point

    • timbo
      7:48 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      Because how do you think those kids will perform academically at the university where they are in a class someone else could be enrolled in, once they’re raking in the dough? What would you do/have done? Why don’t more NBA players return to earn a degree?

  8. AJBlue
    6:32 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    It’s only a joke of you keep missing the point of what the NCAA is there for. They are a rules committee and oversight committee for COLLEGE athletics. They were formed by the UNIVERSITIES to manage THEIR athletic leagues. Its not their job to compensate players or get them to the NBA. They don’t make anybody join their leagues. They did not ask to be the minor league system for the NBA and your frustration with their position will never end until you understand what they are there for.

    Everybody keeps trying to make them into something they are not. They are the KHSAA of college sports and that’s all and if you are part of THEIR organization that gets to decide how THEY want THEIR leagues association to work this report does that perfectly.

    • binarysolo
      6:41 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      “They don’t make anybody join their leagues”? Currently the NBA won’t accept players who aren’t a year removed from their HS graduating class, which for the most part means the players have to go to college for a year. This is why we’re having this conversation.

      Removing the one-and-done rule by 2020 is the start of it.

    • Megan
      7:14 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      Binary, I like your name. From the “Robots” song?

  9. AJBlue
    6:38 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    And the answer to all the questions about “why shouldn’t an athlete be able to profit off their likeness” etc …the answer from the NCAA side is always the same, because they don’t want member institutions using that as way to cheat and funnel money to lure athletes to their school. That’s the reason for anything involving benefits and why the rule book is so big. Its really that simple. Again think of who the NCAA is and what their job is . . . to manage fair play as much as possible among their member institutions. They just haven’t realized they are fighting a losing battle.

  10. binarysolo
    6:47 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    Many folks are still missing the point. It’s not about players being “compensated” with scholarships. The NCAA made $1.1 billion from these “amateur” athletes in 2017, athletes who are getting comparatively nothing in return.

    If you see nothing wrong with that, I’d love to hire you for my company.

    • Ridge Runner
      6:56 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      Respectfully disagree to an extent. These students are attending the university with potential to get money. Yes, it would be great if they did get money. So I don’t see we some of us are missing the point. We know there is money to be made. Its known ahead of time however, they aren’t getting it as they know ahead of time the scholarship is granted.

    • timbo
      8:05 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      I’d love to know what company you’re pretending to run, so counter-economically. You sound much more like the low-man, begging for more just because the company makes money. The only “point” missed is that your job no longer exists if the company doesn’t make profits and they don’t take the risk to be in business if folks like you pretend you deserve something they took the risk to get/limit their ability to get it. The NCAA is simply a body of university officials. The universities take a risk. You may belittle that risk, because “they’re billionaires”, but it doesn’t make their investment and risk any less significant…especially compared to your own.

  11. AJBlue
    6:52 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    Binary that’s not the NCAA doing that it’s the NBA. Again, the NCAA stands for Nation COLLEGIATE Athletic Association. Their leagues are for people who play sports while attending college so their rules will of course be tailored to that, not sure why that’s hard to understand. Its the rest of us that have tried to change what they are there for or should become.

  12. Ridge Runner
    6:58 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    Sorry about my lack of grammar sir as that was atrocious. Look over me.

  13. ScoggDog
    8:10 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    The NCAA Tournament creates over a Billion dollars per year via the tournament.

    It’s not Amateur Basketball. And the Talent wants paid.

    Keep it up … Sports Fans That Want Your Talent To Play For Free … and Your Free Entertainment is going to disappear.

    We’ll see how much you like cheering for the uniform when the kid wearing it looks like the kids at your local high school. You know – the team you don’t go watch.

  14. Megan
    8:19 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t see the hypocrisy that Tyler mentions. Seems to be another way of saying what Binary says: It’s not fair. Not the most persuasive argument. It’s what you expect from a 10-year-old. No fair!

    It seems passing strange that someone can sign up for amateur sports and then complain that they are being held to an amateur standard. Sorry, kiddo, but you knew ahead of time what you were getting yourself into. You don’t have any basis to complain that you’re being treated exactly the way you and everyone else expected. This is what you signed up for.

    You know, this wasn’t an issue until well after ESPN was born and college football and men’s basketball became really big business. Before then, no one argued that players were being exploited by the system. There was a cleanliness to amateur athletics because it wasn’t tainted by money and professionalism. Indeed, the NCAA was created because teams hired professionals to get a leg up on the competition (and mercenary footballers were inflicting serious injury on the field).

    So let’s not be hypocritical. Let’s not argue that players should receive money for name and likeness but not for playing the sport. Just make it all-out full-blown professional. Why not? Stop with the silly half-measures and other hyphens. If school B can lure you away with more money, go there. If school A sweetens the deal and steals you back, that’s the open market. That’s America, damn it! It’s not Normal Rockwell’s America, but it’s no doubt some shoe company’s version.

    • TB112162
      8:50 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      Megan how gullible are you it doesn’t matter when it all started NCAA basketball and football are big business and the only people who aren’t being compensated are the players 1.1 billion dollars that is what the NCAA made last year

    • ScoggDog
      9:16 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

      Megan … do you work ? Do you hold a job outside the home ?

      If so … don’t ever ask for, or accept, a raise. To do so would be hypocritical.

      After all kiddo – you knew what you were getting into. You got no room to complain. You signed up for this.

      There used to be cleanliness, a purity, Hell – a BEAUTY – to housework. To cooking. To cleaning. Back before it was tainted by Merry Maids. Before the whole process of keeping a home was ruined by money and professionalism. Before certain folks tried to get a “leg up” on the competition – if you know what I mean. And I think you do.

      So lets stop the silly half-measures. If Husband B can lure you away … well, screw that !!! Oops – don’t take that literally. DON’T SCREW THAT !!! Stick with the one that brought ya’.

      For the good fo the game. Or kids. Or house. Whatever. Don’t be a One and Done !!!

      GO BIG VACUUM !!!

  15. TB112162
    8:40 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    Comparing the NCAA to the KHSAA is funny the NCAA made 1 Billion dollars I’m sure the KHSAA is raking in a lot of money laughable

    • AJBlue
      6:14 pm April 26, 2018 Permalink

      TB, the NCAA didn’t make any money. There is no big guy named NCAA with a double breasted suit and a bit hat walking around with money hanging out of his pocket, the Universities get the money and most all of them spend every penny back out in facilities, food, travel, trainers, tuitors, nutritionists, gear,and scholarships for the players, and salaries for the coaches and support staff. Most all of the run in the black, you know that right? The only people actually putting any real money int their pockets are the coaches and top administators. So if you want anybody to gripe at about sharing anything there you go. Got to stop the simple minded attitude that there’s some boogie man named NCAA that’s taking advantage of kids.

  16. njCat
    10:56 pm April 25, 2018 Permalink

    Sorry Tyler, but the report DOES address the root of the problem – namely allowing players who want to get paid and have no interest in a college education the hell away from college sports. College sports are for college students, not wannabe professionals. Forcing the merciful end of the one and done fiasco is the core of the solution – and the threat of eliminating freshman eligibility and scholarship locks will do it.

  17. Bill T
    12:01 am April 26, 2018 Permalink

    Someone who knows college BB and NBA needs to get the word out, players should be able to sign with an agent whenever. If allow all players to go from high school to NBA the quality of play will go down and college BB will be hurt. For players to have a long life in the NBA and they have better players, let the players sign with a team and go to NBA after two years. The player can have an insurance policy just in case they are hurt during the two years in college. Everyone wins this way. College can have good teams while the player comes into his own and the NBA get a players who will be good and stay around several years. I just hate to see college players go down plus the young men fail to get an education like Ms. Rice has. Please someone who people will listen to speak up. Thanks. Bill T.

  18. notFromhere
    10:26 am April 27, 2018 Permalink

    I’m just glad they are finally addressing the officiating disparity between conferences. It’s important that every conference views and enforces the rules the same, rather than each conference and each referee choosing a style, calling the game to their personal bias, and ignoring somr part of the rule set to benefit their conference and certain teams in it.

    Thanks to the committee for …nothing really

  19. notFromhere
    10:47 am April 27, 2018 Permalink

    “Hi, I’m new to this comment section and still think that labels are more important than facts.”

    Calling a sport “amateur” when it generates revenue of great disproportion to the value received by those generating that revenue is silly. Hypocritical. Political.

    Did you know last century it was considered wrong by prominent people to charge admission to a collegiate athletic event? Probably were unaware of that. Why? If you’re charging admission, it is no longer an “amateur” sport, but instead becomes “for profit” sport. The idea of amateur sports comes from the players gathering together with their own funds or donated funds so that they can play a sport.

    Charging admission is the antithesis of “amateurism.”

    Charging a sponsor in order to allow them to use an athlete’s image without the athlete being compensated is criminal, not just hypocritical, but also breaks with the understanding of “amateur.”

    Sports media was once grateful to be able to cover the games, because it brought them viewers at a time when media was young. It helped them get advertisers. Then, the sale of the rights by the association’s in order to get their share of the ad revenue further broke the “amateur” standard.

    The politicians use sports to manipulate their constituents into big money projects like stadiums, that line their political donors’ pockets and saddle the community with debts.

    The media won’t speak about their part in it.
    The politicians won’t speak about their part in it.
    The corporations won’t speak about their part in it.
    The fans wouldn’t speak out about it.

    Finally people were talking about it, until the politicians got involved. Now it’s doing what politicians do