Posts Tagged ‘College Basketball’

Money Talks

Monday, October 26th, 2009

$4,400,000, 4,2,00,000, 4,000,000… No, these are not salaries of CEO’s. These are the salaries of the top paid college football coaches. Today, in Miami, the presidents of top level NCAA schools met to discuss reform in intercollegiate athletics. The presidents of these schools expressed that they feel powerless when it comes to controlling the athletic departments of their schools. The powerlessness is a result of the outside influence of sponsors and television networks. These outside influences provide the millions of dollars that sustain many of these programs. The figures above, indicting the top paid college football coaches, are telling as to the extent of money that is involved in college sports. Over 75 college football coaches make a million dollars or more. Many coaches, along with the large sums of money they receive, also get other perks such as access to private planes and lavish houses. There is no doubt that these coaches work hard and dedicate their life to their craft. Certainly, a great coach enhances a teams chance to win and a winning team has more potential to generate revenue for a school. The question becomes how much is a school willing to pay to win? Does the cost of winning come with the price of giving control over to corporations and not the administration of the school? At the end of the day the intended purpose of a college is to educate. College athletics are meant to enhance the college environment not dictate the environment. Stay tuned for more thoughts on this complicated matter.

Justin Mayer, Executive Director-ISPA

Sneakergate

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Marcus Jordan, son of basketball great Michael Jordan, who is scheduled to play basketball for the University of Central Florida is drawing some heat for his sneaker preference. Marcus wants to wear his fathers Air Jordan shoes while he plays, however, the University of Central Florida (UCF) has a multi-million dollar deal with Adidas. Reports indicate the Marcus was upfront about his desire to wear the Air Jordan’s during the recruitment process and UCF never indicated there was a problem. Now that Marcus has committed to play for UCF the University is now weary about his sneaker preference and are indicating that they desire him to wear the Adidas. Clearly this has the potential to turn into a “he said she said”. Marcus had to be aware that UCF had a deal with Adidas (his father no doubt knows the sponsorship game) and what this entailed. However, if UCF never indicated during the recruitment process that this was going to be a problem then it does not seem fair that they suddenly change their tune when they have him already committed to playing. With the information at hand it is hard to tell who is to blame. The unfortunate part of this situation is that a young man, who already has a tremendous amount of pressure on him because he is the son of a basketball great, now on top of dealing with the pressures of being a college freshman and a basketball player must deal with this “sneaker scandal”. I guess we can chalk this up to the reality of college sports being big business (a topic for another day!).

Justin Mayer, Executive Director ISPA

Jeffrey Jordan Epitomizes a Student Athlete

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Last week, Jeffrey Jordan, Juanita and Michael Jordan’s son announced he was going to not play college basketball for the University of Illinois this season so he could concentrate on his studies.

This announcement has so many admirable qualities to it that this post can only highlight a few. First, what a great message to send to the countless student athletes around the globe. Second, and these are in no means in any order of admiration, what character this decision took. Third, what courage this decision took. Fourth, what maturity this displayed.

Certainly the bulk of praise for this decision goes to this fine young man, but I also must acknowledge Juanita (Yes, mom first.) and Michael Jordan for raising a young man under unfathomable scrutiny and instilling these values and characteristics in this young man in spite of all those pressures.

To us professionals in The International Sports Professionals Association this is a wonderful example of what athletics represents and can aspire yet to be in this age of steroids, misplaced values, and dubious characters.

Dr. John E. Mayer

President

International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA