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Get ready for Mark Emmert on the witness stand

Mark Emmert

This could be good, right? As far as entertainment goes, NCAA president Mark Emmert taking the witness stand in the Ed O’Bannon vs. NCAA trial should be riddled with quotes worth saving. If there is one thing Emmert enjoys, it is a chance to defend the NCAA’s principles and regulations, which are under the hot lamp at the heart of a landmark lawsuit labeling the NCAA as a violator of antitrust laws. Emmert is scheduled to testify as a witness on Thursday.

College football fans from coast to coast have voiced various complaints about Emmert and the NCAA in recent years, but on Thursday the focus will be on the NCAA’s working model and views on student-athletes as amateurs. According to previous outlines for having Emmert as a witness, as reported by USA Today, Emmert will be questioned about how rules are made, values, mission and how revenue is distributed.

So forget about Emmert’s views on how schools are investigated for potential violations as well as why one school was slapped with one punishment while another school received a lesser punishment for a similar violation. That may come up at some point, but it will be irrelevant to the overall testimony.

Sadly, this trial is not being broadcast on television the way the O.J. Simpson trial was 20 years ago. That is a shame, because a chance to watch Emmert slither his way around questioning would have made for fascinating TV.

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3 Responses to “Get ready for Mark Emmert on the witness stand”
  1. Professor Fate says: Jun 18, 2014 9:44 PM

    “…Emmert will be questioned about how rules are made, values, mission…”

    If there are questions about how rules are made, wouldn’t it naturally follow that there would be questions about how those rules are enforced?

    I’m no lawyer, but it would seem natural to question the NCAA’s judgment regarding athlete compensation when they’ve proven unable to equitably apply rules they already have in place.

    The NCAA has proven that they cannot manage conflict of interest or preferential treatment issues. These seem quite germane to any potential line of questioning.

    I look forward to Emmert not only putting his foot in his mouth, but likely consuming at least one whole leg. The man is the definition of tunnel vision.

  2. mogogo1 says: Jun 19, 2014 9:36 AM

    Emmert should have been shown the door a long while ago. It’s so remarkable he still has a job I’ve taken to believing the powers that be want him on the job for a while longer so they can eventually say everything was his fault.

    But he likes to say outlandish things and a witness stand can be a very expensive place to do that. He could cost the NCAA millions with just one remark. He could make them pay dearly for not having canned him before now.

  3. scbaby2013 says: Jun 19, 2014 12:50 PM

    Mark is a jerk. I hope NCAA gets what’s coming to them

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