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NCAA President Emmert testifies in somewhat comical fashion

Mark Emmert

NCAA President Mark Emmert took the witness stand today as the Ed O’Bannon antitrust trial continued. This was a day many had been waiting for as Emmert was asked questions about the structure and role of the NCAA and was asked to defend the position of the NCAA and how it operates. He deflected some questions thrown his way, and he had a couple of mistakes along the way, such as referring to student-athletes as full-time athletes.

Here is a Twitter snapshot of some of the notable Emmert moments, not including the time when the witness chair seemingly collapsed form underneath the NCAA president…

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports had some thoughts on Emmert taking the stand as well.

As Forde suggests in the video above, even if the NCAA ends up losing this trial, expect an appeal to be served up in quick fashion. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is expected to testify on Friday. How conference revenue is distributed between schools should be expected to be one of the main topics. Given the revenue the Big Ten has enjoyed, it would make sense to ask the commissioner what he knows about it.

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7 Responses to “NCAA President Emmert testifies in somewhat comical fashion”
  1. bigthymie93 says: Jun 19, 2014 3:39 PM

    Just pay the Damn athletes. U stuffy old facts been making millions off these kids. It’s time they get a piece of the pie

  2. sallust99 says: Jun 19, 2014 3:43 PM

    I think the compromise probably should be that student-athletes can sell their likeness without it being an NCAA violation. I am not sure about paying them, but if you can make money off your own name, part of me thinks they ought to be allowed to do so.

    I think it is a fair compromise probably too.

  3. florida727 says: Jun 19, 2014 4:50 PM

    #bigthymie, any idea what the cost of a four-year education is these days (WITHOUT an athletic scholarship to cover it)?

    The bigger problem is, most of these kids on scholarship think they’re an inch away from the NFL or NBA… because that’s what all their hangers-on keep telling them. “Play a couple years, then go pro.” A reality check might be more valuable to a lot of these kids than paying them to play for a college. Maybe then they’d focus on an EDUCATION. Whoa! There’s an idea.

    That’s a big part of the problem with professional sports… there’s so much money in it, that’s all these kids see, large sums of CASH. And they ALL, with very few exceptions, think they’re good enough to get some of it.

  4. mogogo1 says: Jun 19, 2014 5:37 PM

    I’ve always been against paying the players. Just never has seemed workable to me given most sports lose money plus I do believe there is much value to a full scholarship.

    That being said, it was NEVER, EVER going to be fair to sell players’ likenesses years after they’d left school without giving them a penny or even asking their permission. The NCAA completely lost themselves in their greed. And Emmert’s Freudian slips today like calling them full-time athletes show just what he thinks of these kids. Nobody with the NCAA cares if they get an education–as long as the money keeps rolling in, Emmert wouldn’t care if all these kids died in the gutter unable to read.

  5. atmason says: Jun 20, 2014 2:01 AM

    Emmert is embarrassing.

  6. huck222 says: Jun 20, 2014 9:47 AM

    This is not as complicated as people are making it to be, because the bottom line is those young men are of equal partnership with the NCAA/Colleges in making money. The scholarship is payment? Hell no! It’s a starting point in regards to compensation. Coaches getting paid 7 million dollars a year to run a business while the employees (Players) are capped out with a scholarship! This is the thinking of a “Slave Master” to maximize as much as the profits you can while throwing balogona sandwiches in the back to the slaves and say, “your lucky for getting this!” Make another division for the super conferences and come to the table with your partners and strike a deal! Please don’t mention any nonsense of Title IX!

  7. dhardy8207 says: Jun 20, 2014 11:52 AM

    It would seem to me with as much as the NCAA stands to lose that they would have prepped him better for the task of testifying.

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