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Highlights from Mark Emmert’s encore on the witness stand

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NCAA President Mark Emmert spent the entire day on the witness stand on Thursday during the Ed O’Bannon antitrust trial against the NCAA, but he was brought back for just a little bit more on Friday. For the most part it was more of the same from Emmert, with the head figure of the NCAA deflecting attack after attack in typical form.

Emmert was grilled about Wally Renfro, who had worked for the NCAA when Emmert was first named president of the NCAA. Renfro stepped down from his position after decades of service in 2012, doing so with documented concerns about the future stability of the organization. It appeared to be the defense’s objective to attack the credibility of Renfro, who is being used as a key expert for the plaintiffs.

Much of the time spent on the witness stand today by Emmert included questions about corporate sponsorships. On Thursday Emmert deflected questions about television revenue to the responsibility of the various conferences because the NCAA does not control that facet of the game. Corporate sponsorships are everywhere in college sports though, and they are often appearing alongside the images of student-athletes, which is a sticking point for the plaintiffs. Recent schedules printed by Georgia Tech were presented for Emmert’s feedback.

Emmert was questioned about the selling of football jerseys, which the NCAA got caught doing on its own website before quickly taking them down. Of course, Emmert tried using some humor to avoid answering the question. Whether he knows the real answer or not is anyone’s guess.

Emmert’s day on the stand came to an end, leaving the witness chair open for Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany. Highlights from Delany’s day on the stand will come later.

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6 Responses to “Highlights from Mark Emmert’s encore on the witness stand”
  1. scbaby2013 says: Jun 20, 2014 3:03 PM

    Your not a husky mark, your a greedy self-serving jerk.

  2. mogogo1 says: Jun 20, 2014 3:49 PM

    If you find greedy hypocrites funny, then Emmert is the standup comic for you.

    Gotta love his objections to direct endorsements by athletes while Georgia Tech is pocketing the entire sum for that Domino’s ad totally built around players.

  3. dietrich43 says: Jun 20, 2014 3:53 PM

    Direct endorsement is inappropriate. But the University using their likeness is apparently appropriate.

    The NCAA does like all sports organizations. When the players complain about the money they receive, the organization says they are tarnishing the spirit of the game. When the players complain about the spirit and history of the game, the organization says it’s all about money. US Olympic basketball has done the same thing since the Dream Team. NFL does the same when it’s time to negotiate new CBA.

  4. harbourimages says: Jun 21, 2014 5:55 PM

    I think he meant to say, “I’m a HUCKSTER!”

  5. andreweac says: Jun 23, 2014 12:16 PM

    All people are created equal, some are more equal than others. Emmert would make for a fine communist with his $1.6 million salary.

  6. rponciano says: Jun 23, 2014 12:46 PM

    Mr Emmert better get comfortable in court, I think it will start being a common thing where he tries to explain, and place blame.

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