Posted August 08, 2013

Mark Emmert: NCAA will no longer sell school merchandise on its website

Mark Emmert, NCAA
Mark Emmert

Mark Emmert announced on Thursday that the NCAA will no longer sell school merchandise on its website. (AP)

By Zac Ellis

On Tuesday, ESPN commentator Jay Bilas discovered that the NCAA’s online store, ShopNCAASports.com, was linking the names of student-athletes with jerseys and other school merchandise. Just two days later, NCAA president Mark Emmert confirmed via a teleconference that the NCAA won’t get involved with that kind of marketing anymore.

Emmert told reporters that the NCAA selling merchandise linked to players was a “mistake” and added that the organization will “exit that kind of business immediately.” The NCAA’s move comes during the middle of the Ed O’Bannon v. the NCAA lawsuit regarding the rights to use student-athletes’ likenesses on TV broadcasts and in video games.

Keep in mind, the NCAA’s decision to stop marketing team merchandise on its website does not mean that individual schools have to stop selling merchandise. Rather, it means the NCAA’s website will now be used for strictly NCAA-specific goods.

To put all of this in perspective, here’s a sampling of the social media reaction to Emmert’s announcement:

35 comments
Mulligan
Mulligan

NCAA is organized crime made legal.

That guy's toupee should be illegal too!

wlewisiii
wlewisiii

As if that clears the corruption. The NCAA needs to be abolished. 

6marK6
6marK6

But where will I buy NCAA gear now? Oh yeah, practically everywhere else.

Iowa
Iowa

So the NCAA can't sell them, but the schools can. And somehow the outcry will die down, when really nothing has changed. Which means all the people making such a big deal out of this are every bit the hypocrites that the NCAA is.

c.linke
c.linke

Experts hail this decision as a major milestone in ineffectual leadership.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Hey, you had autographed pictures of Reggie Bush on the site, yet you revoked his Heisman trophy? WTH!!

mystafugee
mystafugee

...and some of these boosters seriously need to get a life than to live vicariously through some 18-23 year olds.  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Was that the sound of the barn door closing? The long empty barn door?

Rick2340
Rick2340

Anybody who thinks paying these players is going to solve all these problems is delusional. 


usameos6
usameos6

In unrelated news, the NCAA is now reassigning Johnny Manziel from the Texas A&M football team to the NCAA online marketing department as an unpaid intern to make sure that this division can start turning profits in the future.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

The beauty is if a College Athlete says the same thing, he gets suspended for a year!

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

There goes a few Millions ten times over but no big deal they can make it back in other areas...  
  
Either pay the players because we know they are not student athletes, if a football player decided to skip practice to study all heck would break loose. Any organization that can afford to pay coaches 5 plus million is making too much money and it will be a matter of time before the NCAA has to pay both literally and figuratively for robbing these kids over the years. Even sweat shops pay their employees and if you dont  think these players are employees you are sadly mistaken.

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

He was shocked, shocked to learn that a website he manages was selling those jersey's. Question: will the NCAA be returning/donating the $$$ it made from those sales. Question II: will the NCAA continue to authorize everyone else who is authorized to sell NCAA merchandise to sell jersey's.


ghostofpaterno
ghostofpaterno

Pass the buck Mark.  What a fool!  He did not make the deals but enjoyed the $$$ from the sales until he is called out on it••••••••then it is someone else's fault.  This guy is a dipshitidiot and needs to go.  The way he screws Penn State is a disgrace.  I'd love nothing better then to hit him smack in the face with a rotten tomato.  How this fool got the job in the 1st place is truly amazing!

donald5
donald5

Cat is already out of the bag.  

Baconpizza
Baconpizza

@Wisconsin Death Trip

Not only that, they forced USC to disassociate itself completely from Reggie (returned heisman, no more #5 jersey sales), then they turn around and start slanging photos of an "ineligible" Bush playing in the revoked BCS championship game against Oklahoma! You can't make this stuff up.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Rick2340 it's not about paying them, it's about others making a buck off them without proper compensation.  If you think that's fair, then you probably think piracy is a good thing.  

usameos6
usameos6

And in one more unrelated story - Melky Cabrera just came out and said that the supplements that he took that caused him to test positive for PEDs actually came from the NCAA website.  Emmert issues a statement saying that he's not sure if that is true or not but that if they did sell supplements on the site that he didn't think the NCAA profited from it.

Iowa
Iowa

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler The NCAA is not paying coaches $5 million, that would be the schools themselves. So fans should be complaining about the schools themselves every bit as much as the NCAA. Yet most fans have no problem with their schools paying their coaches so much. If they did, you wouldn't have 80,000+ people at their games.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@atthebarbershop it sounds like it's just the NCAA's own shop website, I'm guessing the other sites will keep selling (it's the NCAA's way of telling the courts that those sites should be liable instead). 

donald5
donald5

@ghostofpaterno is it more disgraceful than an athletic department that let children get molested while turning a blind eye?

Iowa
Iowa

@mystafugee @Rick2340 So if it's not about paying them, then what is the problem? The problem is the commercialization as a whole. And that's what people should be railing about, insisting that these schools stop signing billion dollar TV contracts and wasting millions upon millions on overpaid coaches and overly opulent facilities. That is the real issue, but for some reason isn't as sexy to focus on.

RichLGerhold
RichLGerhold

@mystafugee @Rick2340 Right, because they're paying for their college education...and if they get hurt, don't pan out, they of course have to return the free money they got for their education no less. 

Rick2340
Rick2340

I hardly think the plight of Johnny Manziel and the other star athletes is unfair.  If you start paying them for autographs and jersey sales the system is going to get more sleazy than it is now.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

@mystafugee @RichLGerhold @Rick2340 Exactly. And let's quit pretending athletes are college students in the the traditional sense. Their lives are to a large extent controlled by coaches, their time commitment to their sport is huge and in spite of tutoring (if it's available) it isn't advantageous to miss class. Do they get a return for this? Yes. Is it equitable? IMO not in the case of revenue producing sports.  Do they have to take the offer? No, but then we get into the issue of monopolies, and the NCAA has one that is more iron-clad than Standard Oil ever had. It would be  interesting to see the result if the players in the Bball final said two hours before the game "no money, then we don't play."

usameos6
usameos6

@RichLGerhold @mystafugee @Rick2340 So it's up to congress to look out for college athletes .... if only there was a national college athletics association to look out for them ....  Oh - that's right - when this was put up for a vote, 205 out of 330 schools in the NCAA voted against it.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@RichLGerhold @mystafugee @Rick2340 Those scholarships are for one year and please stop with the whole paying for their education.  Most players aren't looking for an education and most schools aren't looking for students.  

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

@mystafugee @Rick2340 The give up the right to make $$ by accepting the scholarship.  If they don't like it, they should go play in Canada until they are eligible for the draft.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Rick2340 so it's only okay if the school or NCAA profits off their likeness?  

Mel
Mel

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler @Iowa  Alabama's volley ball coach leads the team to an undefeated national championship season. How much attention/profit did that coach bring into the school as compared to Nick Saban during a national title season. See the problem with your comparison? Name 1 single NCAA volley ball coach without looking em up. 


(And yes I know Bama didn't win the volley-ball championship...err don't think so anyway....but used that for comparison...)