Conference commissioners waste time with Congress


Because college athletics is incapable of writing its own rules, investigating its own scandals, or even controlling its own boosters (let alone coaches), it has looked to Washington for rescue from its inertia, of his inaction and incompetence.

Yes, they are begging for help from Congress; a desperate gesture for a desperate economic model.

Earlier this week, SEC and Pac-12 commissioners lobbied politicians for federal legislation so they were no longer stuck with a kaleidoscope of state name, image and likeness laws. On the question. There are also concerns that California is moving to make college athletes employees of its universities, something the establishment vehemently opposes.

In the background, football coaches howl about how NIL has (predictably) turned into pay-for-play programs, with school donors buying off high school recruits or manipulating players from other teams.

As such, everyone is asking for “regulations” or “safeguards” or whatever they want to call it.

Well, not everyone. Players – and their families – seem pretty happy with their newfound freedom of movement and trade. Even the boosters don’t complain about it. They are willing to pay for talent to win games.

Jordan Addison is in the transfer gate after a stellar season at Pittsburgh. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

It used to be that part/much of their donations went to buy out bad coaching deals or build locker room stunts and mini golf courses for the players. Maybe helping a working-class family feels better.

As such, who knows how much traction this will all get in Washington. It is a difficult argument to ask legislators to intervene in a “controversy” based on the fact that generally older and wealthier people give money to generally younger and poorer people.

It’s not like college football won’t be played anymore. It will, as always. It’s just that some players will compete on teams they wouldn’t have if they weren’t being paid. In turn, maybe some different teams will win (or lose a bit) more.

Again, wake us up when a parent asks for “safeguards”.

Dear Senator, Please Stop These College Boosters From Making Our Family Rich.

“I don’t know if anyone thought we would get to the point where high school seniors would have multi-million dollar contracts,” LSU head coach Brian Kelly said on SiriusXM this week. “We’re looking for guys coming into the transfer portal because they want to get paid to play…”

This is actually not surprising at all. In professional sports, star players almost always earn more than the coach, often exponentially. Aaron Rodgers is expected to earn around $50 million next season. So why wouldn’t there be a rich market for the best on-field talent in college football?

Kelly entered his own transfer portal in December, of course, jumping on Notre Dame even before he was knocked out of the playoffs to be paid more for the LSU coach. Money was not his only motivation. He also wanted a new challenge, a change of scenery, and a school with what he thought had a better chance of winning a championship. Hypocrisy? Kelly seemed more concerned about incoming rookies making more money than returning stars.

“It’s not good for your dressing room,” he said.

It sounds like a coaching problem — or an LSU recall problem — not federal legislation.

It’s not like Kelly – or Nick Saban or Kirby Smart or anyone else – is doing the same as their administrative assistant or their defensive coordinator or, damn it, the school president or the governor. state or…

The breaking point for much of this was Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison’s decision to enter the transfer portal last weekend, allegedly after being attracted by someone to or associated with the USC.

Addison is a star, and he may indeed end up with the Trojans and land a big guaranteed payout ostensibly for doing promotional work. It’s a disappointment for Pitt fans, but it’s also life.

The two coaches closest to Addison last season — Pitt’s offensive coordinator and assistant wide receiver — left the program this offseason for better-paying jobs in Nebraska and Texas, respectively. No one raised many stories. And Pitt even worked the gate for a new quarterback (from USC) and wide receiver (from Akron), among others.

So why can’t Addison do the same? The NCAA can and should tighten its tampering rules as much as possible, but these will always be fairly easy to circumvent.

And is it that bad if the guy is presented with options? Maybe Addison wants to live in Los Angeles and prepare for the NFL Draft by playing for a happy coach (Lincoln Riley) and with a talented quarterback (Caleb Williams).

Addison’s transfer is a micro-issue – it’s a tough break for Pitt. On a macro level, he’s still going to play college football.

College sports have had decades to implement incremental changes or work with athletes to find a compromise. Instead, he dragged his feet and maintained a hard line, even as he lost public support, political sympathy and trial after trial, until a 9-0 thrashing at the Supreme Court. .

“Nowhere else in America can corporations get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate. “Wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh. “…The NCAA is not above the law.”

So maybe they’re trying to rewrite the law here to best handle its new, court-ordered reality.

It won’t be easy. Trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube isn’t just complicated, it’s probably impossible. The Feds can provide a single standard, but how do you restrict trade between two entities (player, booster) who aren’t even your employees?

This is why the Supreme Court was unanimous. That’s why state legislatures in places as disparate as California and Mississippi have pushed similar legislation. That’s why Senators Cory Booker and Marsha Blackburn regularly work together on NCAA matters.

For all the hysterics inside college athletics, for all the crying Chicken Littles, nothing bad actually happened. The players are happy. The parents are happy. Even the boosters are happy.

Embarrassed coaches making eight figures a year?

Well, the season will come anyhow. So will their paychecks.

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