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UConn Woman’s Basketball Team’s 111 Winning streak is Over…

Mississippi State beat them…..

UConn and Mississippi State played one of the greatest college basketball games we’ve ever seen. The Bulldogs stunned the Huskies 66-64 in overtime on a buzzer-beater from Morgan William that snapped UConn’s 111-game winning streak.

The dynasty is dead and the Bulldogs are going to the title game against South Carolina on Sunday.

These two teams played last season in the NCAA tournament and UConn won by 60. Yes, literally sixty: the final score 98-38 and the Huskies would go on to win their fourth straight national championship.

UConn’s winning streak reached 111 games before Mississippi State shocked the world on Friday night. The game had a frantic ending that both fanbases will be remembering for a long time. Here’s how it all went down…..

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Red State on how College Athletes are denied their compensation rights…

It’s Time to End the NCAA’s Corrupt Exploitation of Athletes

By: Leon H. Wolf (Diary)  @ Red State

The Ninth Circuit issued a split-the-baby ruling yesterday in former UCLA athlete Ed O’Bannon’s ongoing antitrust litigation against the NCAA. Like most split-the-baby rulings, it left neither side happy and wasn’t particularly well grounded in law. Essentially, the ruling included two orders that were “favorable” to the plaintiffs, declaring that: a) The NCAA could no longer prohibit member schools from giving athletes full scholarships that truly cover the cost of tuition including incidentals like textbooks and b) that NCAA athletes must be allowed to earn up to $5000 in “names, images and licensing” (NIL) payments, deferred to the time that they leave school.

The first order makes good, common sense and I have no fundamental problem with it. The second, however, is nonsensical on its face. If, as the Ninth Circuit found (and I agree) the NCAA’s amatuerism rules with respect to players’ NIL rights are an unreasonable restraint on trade, then what is the possible logical basis for capping those payments at $5,000 and requiring that they be deferred until after graduation?

This has always been the portion of the NCAA’s regime that has bothered me the most. I am at least partially sympathetic to the NCAA’s plea that it shouldn’t allow its member schools to pay athletes outright. The standard argument about the amount of money these programs make tends to view the sports in isolation – sure, football and men’s basketball viewed in isolation are revenue generation machines.

But the problem is that NCAA’s member schools are basically required – by law (thanks, Congress!) to have football and men’s basketball subsidize a bunch of women’s sports that no one wants to watch. As a result, this idea that college football players have that they should be paid a share of football revenue commensurate with their professional counterparts isn’t really sustainable fiscally – even if football, men’s basketball and baseball really do function as de facto minor leagues, and even if I think they should be paid something…..

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Moves develop to cut back NCAA limits on student athletes….

The stiff rules from the NCAA on college athletes ability to accept money and favors while they played for colleges that reaped MILLIONS of dollars from their service are beginning to go away….

There is movement out there to let colleges make the rules on their athletes conduct off the field….

There has been age old discussion of money making of those ‘students’ verses that money making of their schools….

Under prodding and threats from the nation’s Congress and possible legal fights,  the NCAA has loosen it’s strings….

Leaders of the multibillion-dollar college sports industry, under increasing legal scrutiny over the rights of student-athletes, have begun rolling back some of the most contentious policies regarding amateurism.

Indiana University announced a bill of rights for athletes last month, promising free tuition for life rather than the customary one-year scholarship guarantee. Southern California said it would guarantee four-year scholarships. University presidents in the Big Ten and Pacific-12 Conferences wrote public letters advocating guaranteed four-year scholarships, improved medical coverage and more financial support for athletes.

In the most significant move yet, the N.C.A.A. decided last week not to ask athletes to sign a statement authorizing the N.C.A.A. and other groups to use their names and likenesses for promotional purposes. The change ended a much-criticized practice that pressured athletes to give the N.C.A.A. permission to profit from their popularity with no compensation.

Senate Committee Presses N.C.A.A., Signaling Interest in Direction of College SportsJULY 9, 2014

“It would be silly to suggest this isn’t a product of the overall environment of people looking more closely at the benefits for student-athletes,” said Fred Glass, Indiana’s athletic director.

These shifts are happening at a time of growing unrest in college sports over what critics say is exploitation of athletes. Several lawsuits are challenging the collegiate model, and some athletes have moved to unionize.

The changes may leave athletes better protected and more empowered — and the universities less vulnerable to future lawsuits — no matter how the courts rule on the lawsuits regarding the status of student-athletes.

“There are smart people running college sports, and they know the old arguments about education, welfare, future do not hold water anymore,”

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We need to ‘get real’ about College Sports….And the money….

I used to argue with my middle son about college sports….

He played a little football in college….

And the kid down the block from me at the time was on a college basketball time that played on national TV…

My point was he and the neighbor where going to college…

You know SCHOOL…

They shouldn’t be paid to play ball…

Nobody paid me to got to college….

That was 10 years ago…

I’ve changed my mind….

There is something wrong going on….

The more I read stuff…

The more I get annoyed…

Not just at the NCAA for rules violations that in the ‘real world’ make no sense..

But the whole concept of BIG TIME College sports….

If I read this stuff right….

Big time colleges are getting multi-million dollar TV contracts to feature their teams playing on Saturday and sometimes Thursday nights…

The Colleges make extra money on clothing, shoes and other endorsements….

The colleges supply their names, training and coaches…

The ‘students’ are the talent…

They are SUPPOSED to get scholarships…

That’s all…

Problem is there is a LOT of money involved in this whole mess these days….

Millions…

Why then is the NCAA and the whole culture of college sports, Football, Basketball and to a lesser extend other sports so dead set against depriving the workhorses of their 

sports programs at least a better cut of the revenue generated by THEIR labor?

Some is VERY WRONG with this picture….

Don Curtis, a UNC trustee, told me that impoverished football players cannot afford movie tickets or bus fare home. Curtis is a rarity among those in higher education today, in that he dares to violate the signal taboo: “I think we should pay these guys something.”

Fans and educators alike recoil from this proposal as though from original sin. Amateurism is the whole point, they say. Paid athletes would destroy the integrity and appeal of college sports. Many former college athletes object that money would have spoiled the sanctity of the bond they enjoyed with their teammates. I, too, once shuddered instinctively at the notion of paid college athletes.

But after an inquiry that took me into locker rooms and ivory towers across the country, I have come to believe that sentiment blinds us to what’s before our eyes. Big-time college sports are fully commercialized. Billions of dollars flow through them each year. The NCAA makes money, and enables universities and corporations to make money, from the unpaid labor of young athletes.

Slavery analogies should be used carefully. College athletes are not slaves. Yet to survey the scene—corporations and universities enriching themselves on the backs of uncompensated young men, whose status as “student-athletes” deprives them of the right to due process guaranteed by the Constitution—is to catch an unmistakable whiff of the plantation. Perhaps a more apt metaphor is colonialism: college sports, as overseen by the NCAA, is a system imposed by well-meaning paternalists and rationalized with hoary sentiments about caring for the well-being of the colonized. But it is, nonetheless, unjust. The NCAA, in its zealous defense of bogus principles, sometimes destroys the dreams of innocent young athletes…..

More…… from  TAYLOR BRANCH‘s piece in the Atlantic…..

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