Monday had two major stories in sports, or so we thought.
The NCAA got some bad news from the Supreme Court. Adalberto Mondesi was placed on the injured list yet again. And then late in the day we learned that Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was arrested in Los Angeles.
6:05pm – MLB – Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees (BSKC)
FRANK CLARK ARRESTED
Chiefs DE Frank Clark was arrested in Los Angeles. He was reportedly pulled over for a routine traffic stop. Officers saw a gun in the car and arrested Clark on suspicion of having a concealed firearm. The weapon was reportedly an Uzi submachine gun. We will have to wait and see what the NFL and the Chiefs do about this.
NCAA – BEGINNING OF THE END?
The Supreme Court upheld a ruling against the NCAA saying that the organization acted illegally by limiting schools from competing for student-athletes. The ruling is narrow and only addresses the ability for student-athletes to receive education-related benefits. The decision was unanimous and the court indicated that the NCAA would lose all other challenges of restricting students-athlete benefits if they appeared before the court in the future.
What does this mean for the future of the NCAA? Although the ruling on Monday was limited to education-related expenses, it clearly reaches beyond that. In fact, a group of six Division I conference commissioners, including those from the ACC and SEC, wrote a letter to the Division I council requesting that it scrap its plans for implementing national name, image, and likeness rules and instead let each school determine its own rules.
Some people will laugh at the idea of schools setting their own rules. But don’t. Schools will do what is best for themselves. Some schools like those in the Ivy League will continue to put education above everything else. That’s their niche. That’s how they survive. But other schools, probably most schools, will go all after the best student-athletes and will be willing to pay whatever it takes to get the best players in order to win. That’s what works for them. And there is nothing wrong with either approach. Let each school decide for themselves what is best for them.
What does all of this mean to the current investigation involving Kansas? I have thoughts on that on the podcast I did last night. Listen to that for more thoughts on Kansas and others in the same situation.
So does this mean we are seeing the beginning of the end of the NCAA? I would be surprised if things went that far. But I do think there is the possibility that this means the NCAA eventually gets out of the business of handling compliance and instead is just responsible for running championship events.
The NCAA will try to hold on to all of the power they have now. That’s what organizations do. Without the enforcement arm, there is much less need for much of the NCAA. That means people lose jobs and people making a lot of money will make much less money. So the NCAA won’t go away quietly.
It’s going to be really interesting to see how this develops. Will it happen over several years or will the dominoes fall quickly and will we see a quick change in the next year or two? What a terrific decision the Supreme Court made. They just made things real interesting.
MONDESI INJURED AGAIN!!!
Adalberto Mondesi was placed on the injured list for an oblique injury. It’s the oblique on the opposite side of his body from the one that put him on the injured list to start the season.
Fans aren’t happy. The traditional media laughs at and diminishes fans’ reactions because they don’t understand the fans. They are out of touch.
Fans have a right to be frustrated. Everyone sees the talent Mondesi has. He could win an MVP award if he could ever stay healthy. Those kinds of players are never on the Royals. Now that the fans see that the Royals have that player, fans are just upset that the player can’t stay on the field.
And I agree with those fans who are frustrated. I said a while ago that the Royals need to trade Mondesi as soon as they have the chance. The problem is that Mondesi never stays healthy enough to get to a point where he can be traded for much of anything. Teams understand the health history of Mondesi. They aren’t going to give you much for him until he can remain healthy for an extended period of time.
Mondesi could be a huge star. His health is holding him back. Royals fans are frustrated that they can’t watch him every day. Reporters need to stop diminishing the fans’ feelings on this issue. The fans are right. They aren’t mad at Mondesi, but they are tired of the injuries.
1B Ryan O’Hearn was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take Mondesi’s spot on the roster.
NCAA amateurism is effectively dead, and the association itself may not be far behind (Dennis Dodd)
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