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Meanwhile, at the O’Bannon trial…

Nick Saban facepalm AP

Look, I’m not a lawyer and the bulk of my legal knowledge stems from my Comm Law class at Mizzou (thanks, Sandy Davidson!)…but I can wager a guess this was a pretty bad idea by the NCAA in the O’Bannon trial:

So, an online poll isn’t a study rigorous enough to hold up in court? Got it. Glad the O’Bannon trial cleared that up. Good thing Stephen Colbert didn’t get to the poll (maybe). Hope the NCAA didn’t have any YouTube comments ready to use as evidence next.

For the record, the poll had 1,910 votes, with a majority of responders (36.91 percent) saying they’d stop watching college football if athletes were paid. Thirty-four percent of responders voted that paid athletes wouldn’t stop them from watching college football, though.

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11 Responses to “Meanwhile, at the O’Bannon trial…”
  1. teedraper says: Jun 25, 2014 3:43 PM

    At the end of the day minorities dominate these sports & paying them will upset & offset the “status quo”. That’s the real reason in a nutshell.

  2. corvusrex96 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:54 PM

    The issue is the NCAA turned college football into a minor league for the NFL and the starting allowing in players who don’t care about or simply can’t attend college classes

  3. germanflats13a38 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:57 PM

    Surprised that a representative from one of the military academies has not made an appearance in the trial.

  4. lgbfl says: Jun 25, 2014 3:57 PM

    Weak troll attempt, teedraper.

  5. friarjack61 says: Jun 25, 2014 4:12 PM

    Let the pros start a ‘ minor league’, that will keep the non-student jocks/ghetto trash, off the campus, and give the fields and courts to the real student athletes.

  6. mogogo1 says: Jun 25, 2014 4:58 PM

    “Surprised that a representative from one of the military academies has not made an appearance in the trial.”

    Great point. My guess is the NCAA is scared to death of the plantiffs contrasting the service academies to the typical NCAA program. Because even though they’re officially part of the NCAA a service academy is night and day different from the football/basketball factories that dominate.

  7. dontaco says: Jun 25, 2014 5:43 PM

    Friar jack ur a dipshit

  8. germanflats13a38 says: Jun 25, 2014 5:46 PM


    On the other side, I think the Plaintiff’s might be scared of what the military academy may save about the inherent and non-quantifiable value of playing sports in college.

    “I want an officer for a secret and dangerous mission. I want a West Point Football player!” – Gen. George C. Marshall, then-Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army,

  9. rolltide510 says: Jun 26, 2014 10:41 AM

    What I learned in this thread is when your team loses, it must be because they had to play against “ghetto trash” who don’t stay up until midnight studying like your team surely does.

  10. 1234han says: Jun 26, 2014 9:38 PM

    A plurality of respondents claimed they would not continue to watch. 36.91% is more than any other response but not a majority of respondents. NCAA seems to be grasping for straws here.

  11. bubblehead22 says: Jun 29, 2014 7:47 AM

    This is not a race discussion but some like to bring race into the mix as if there aren’t any poor white kids playing college sports. Race changes the discussion away from the actual issue in this case and it brings anger and unjustified guilt into the mix.

    The NCAA’s argument simply should be room, board, tuition, and athletic training are compensation. Over a trillion dollars in student loan debt in this nation. They give scholarships to students for many different reasons. Each reason brings some value to the university. The argument that athletes make money for the university is valid. Not letting them work is another valid argument. Again the question is, are they already compensated?

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