Drew’s Morning Dish — Fri., June 21

June 21, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Drew’s Morning Dish — Fri., June 21

The saga known as “the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit” took a major turn yesterday when the former NCAA basketball player and his lawyers sought to change the terms of the suit to that of a “class action”.  This strategy was predicted by those following the case and kick-starts the process that could change the landscape of college athletics.

In more simple terms — all hell is about to break loose in college sports.

The suit asks the court to rule that the NCAA must compensate those athletes they use in advertising, marketing, video games, etc.

(Here’s where you can use your one-liner: “Wait, don’t USC and Alabama already do that with their football players?”)

The case is a long way from hitting a court room.  First, the judge has to rule in favor of O’Bannon asking for a “class action” ruling.  If that happens, though, players who have had their likeness used in the past would be in position to receive perhaps as much as $750 million from the NCAA.

This has been in the works for a long time, as prominent NCAA athletes have long complained that the schools they represent make enough money off of them that some sort of revenue-sharing should take place.  O’Bannon just happens to be the guy who decided to challenge the system.

It sets up to be a landmark case for the NCAA and its athletes.

In our lifetime, there probably won’t be anything more significant as it relates to college athletes and the subject of compensation for their services.

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The Heat won the NBA title last night, 95-88.

The spread on the game was Miami — favored by 6.5 points.

Unreal, huh?

So, LeBron gets his second title.  This one was well-earned.  San Antonio put up a major fight.  The whole thing wasn’t decided until the final minute of the final game.

James is a terrific basketball player.

And the fact he’s carried his life in a positive way is one of the reasons I admire the guy.

He’s a great ambassador for the game and a legit role model for kids who follow him.

I’m happy for the guy.

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I was at the new Towson Arena last night to check out the Harlem Globetrotters.

The facility is outstanding.

It’s bright and spacious and “looks” like a real sports arena, rather than a college gymnasium.

Trust me, you’ll be impressed beyond belief when you get over there.

The Globetrotters put on a great show, by the way.

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Anyone offended by even the remotest of remote whispers about Chris Davis and his home run prowess thus far in 2013 hasn’t really been paying attention to baseball over the last 15 years.

I’ve been watching it day in and day out and every single time someone does something “out of the ordinary”, I assume there’s a fair chance they’re getting some sort of – *ahem* – “assistance” to reach their new heights.

I didn’t do that to baseball.

Baseball did that to me, with their rampant steroid use, lying to the fans, the media, their teams and, most importantly, STILL using PED’s and getting caught doing so even after testing was put in place.

I’m not saying Chris Davis is involved in anything of that nature.

What I am saying, though, is that nothing at all would surprise me with Davis or any other player in the league.

 

 

 

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  1. dave hittinger Says:

    And yet whenever anyone questions whether or not Cal Ripken had “assistance” people want to kill, even though he played in the heart of the steroid era. It’s probable that Davis isn’t totally clean but not too many players are.

  2. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Instead of players juicing, MLB should just juice the baseball a little bit. Fans want offense so they don’t nod off by the seventh inning. Giving the 8 & 9 hitters the chance to hit HR’s would do this. The purity of baseball left with Bonds, Sosa, & McQuire, so don’t go there. More runs scored is why slo-pitch softball is more popular than fast pitch. Wake up MLB the NFL did, such a easy solution & no PED’s.

  3. The Armchair QB Says:

    Here’s a rhetorical question to ponder: PED’s are supposed to…..enhance performance; weight lifting is supposed to….enhance performance. In the final analysis, legalities notwithstanding, from an athlete’s perspective, what’s the difference?! It still takes hand-eye coordination to connect with a 95 MPH fastball. Just sayin’……..

  4. Jason Manelli Says:

    It does suck that we all tend to think PED’s are involved when someone breaks out like this, but PED’s don’t account for his walk total being way up, his hitting left handed pitching better, his improved fielding. Or maybe they do? I’ll keep the blinders on, thank you.

  5. unitastoberry Says:

    Frank Robinson never lifted a weight or took roids, can you imagine his numbers and all the other pre roids guys if they did? Hank Aaron is still the King!

  6. Tom Says:

    Steve from sandpoint..in regards to ped’s, did you just say “wake up MLB the nfl did”? Sure, MLB has a documented history of ped use, but I seriously and sincerely hope you are not suggesting that the nfl doesn’t. Let’s be real…the nfl is full of juicers and ped abuser’s. their drug testing, even in comparison to mlb’s is a joke! I get it, this is a raven’s town so it is impossible to criticize anything about nfl (sarcasm implied), but the nfl’s ped testing (and enforcement) is a joke! The nfl doesn’t even test for hgh – and even my two yr old son can connect those dots.

  7. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Again fans want more offense & run scoring, juicing a baseball will do this. The NFL relaxed the defensive rules & guess what, more scoring, PED’s will still be used, no doubt.

  8. matt Says:

    yup

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