Free Johnny Manziel, Abolish the NCAA

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke assesses the Johnny Football situation.

The NCAA is doing a great job maintaining its reputation as the sleaziest, most hypocritical sports organization in America. According to media reports, the NCAA is investigating Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel because he may have profited from his John Hancock.

Allegedly, a South Florida autograph broker paid Manziel a five-figure fee to sign hundreds of memorabilia items when last year's Heisman trophy winner was in town to watch the national championship game between the University of Alabama and the University of Notre Dame.

Under NCAA rules, Manziel is not allowed to make a few thousand bucks signing footballs and jerseys. Yet Texas A&M can collect an extra $37 million from the additional media exposure he brought the school's football program during his Heisman run last season. Star college players can't sign any endorsement deals, but the NCAA has no problem licensing their likenesses in order to sell jerseys, footballs, replica helmets, and video games.

Last week, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas exposed the NCAA's hypocrisy by going into the search engine of ShopNCAASports.com, typing the name of famous college players, and getting page results filled with items connected to the players' schools and jersey numbers. Within two hours, the ShopNCAASports.com search engine was disabled and an embarrassed NCAA President Mark Emmert announced that the site would no longer sell team-related merchandise.

That's why it's great to see six current college football players joining former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon's federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, EA Sports, and Collegiate Licensing Co., alleging that student-athletes deserve a share of the billions of dollars in television and retail revenues that flow into the NCAA, conferences and member schools. College football and basketball players are tired of being screwed over.

The NCAA continues to argue that student-athletes don't deserve compensation because they are getting a six-figure quality education, plus room and board, for free. The truth is that college football and basketball players are paying for their own education when fans pack into sold-out stadiums and arenas, corporations are buying sky boxes, and replicas of their jerseys are being bought by thousands of people.

It's time the NCAA emancipate collegiate athletics.

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6 comments
Bubba
Bubba

Get your meds checked angry man.

KevinYaBishhh
KevinYaBishhh

This was a good article Luke. The only bad thing is the NCAA under so much fire that they're probably going to keep postponing the Miami sanctions.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Ah, this is easier to read:

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke assesses the Johnny Football situation.

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Follow Luke on Twitter: @unclelukereal1.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

Luke, I wanted to say, "Hi". Nobody responds to your articles anymore. You used to get 50-125 responses. Now you are getting 3-4. I guess people simply got tired of your racist rants against the whites. I used to look forward to your senseless posts every Tuesday. I really liked reading how you blame everyone but the ghetto community. It was fun reading your viewpoints. I found it folly to see how you could blast others with no regard to your own filth laden raps, and your multiple baby mommas. As history unfolds, we see your articles get tamer, and your following and support erode. I will miss you Luke. Remember to, "Keep it Real". Never give in. The white man and successful society is to blame. Hope to see you soon... BEGGING FOR MONEY ON THE SIDE OF 95!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

Uncle Luke most likely doesn't write these columns, more than likely it's given off to a ghost-writer(s) who submit general current event topics with a certain gritty slant

But if i was once famous and now olde and tired i also would have someone carry the water bucket for me too

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