Many of you have probably heard of the O'Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA, which seeks to fight the NCAA practice of profiting off of player's likenesses for things like video games or jersey sales. Many believe that the outcome from the case could eventually lead to the end of the "amateur" system of college athletics, paving the way for a pay to play system in college sports. One person we know is NOT a fan of that idea is Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. Andy Staples of SI.com recently wrote a story that showed just how much Delany doesn't approve. If pay-to-play happened, Delany believes the Big Ten would downshift their athletic programs like the Ivy League:
Delany: "It has been my longstanding belief that The Big Ten's schools would forgo the revenues in those circumstances and instead take steps to downsize the scope, breadth and activity of their athletic programs," Delany wrote. "Several alternatives to a 'pay for play' model exist, such as the Division III model, which does not offer any athletics-based grants-in-aid, and, among others, a need-based financial model. These alternatives would, in my view, be more consistent with The Big Ten's philosophy that the educational and lifetime economic benefits associated with a university education are the appropriate quid pro quo for its student athletes."
Gene Smith telling us that Delany is 100% right in his take to Sports Illustrated on Big Ten having to go D3 model.— BEAU BISHOP (@BeauBishop) March 19, 2013