While the Ohio State Buckeyes are busy dominating their opposition on the gridiron through their first eight games of the season, the NCAA made quite a big decision on Tuesday, one that took the social media world by storm.
California got the ball rolling by signing the Fair to Play Act in late September. While it wouldn’t go into effect in 2023, it put the NCAA and the rest of the country on notice. The bill permits college athletes to hire agents and be paid for their likeness, whether it’s endorsements or anything else. From Forbes’ Jack Kelly:
For the first time, student-athletes will be allowed to promote products and companies and financially benefit from their college sports activities. The legislation bypasses an NCAA ban on players receiving any compensation aside from scholarships. Current NCAA regulations disallow student-athletes from executing any endorsement deals or accepting payment for the use of their images. The new California law, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2023, would now allow them to reap the financial rewards for their athletic abilities. It would also bar the NCAA from retaliating against the colleges and student-athletes.
While there could eventually be some problems with this, student-athletes finally being able to get paid a little and use their likeness seems like a good thing. As other states began trying to join California with this law, the NCAA took care of it themselves on Tuesday when the NCAA Board of Governors announced in a release that it “voted unanimously” to allow athletes “to benefit from” their name, image, and likeness.” The board is directing all three divisions to immediately consider “updates to relevant bylaws and policies for the 21st century.”
“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” said Ohio State president Michael Drake, chair of the Board of Governors. Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education.”
We could spend plenty of time dissecting how this rule is quite good and even bad, but that’s not why I’m here. It will eventually work itself out. The reason I’m here is that this new rule seems to make it inevitable that the NCAA Football video game will return sooner rather than later. If you were browsing through Twitter at all on Tuesday, it’s likely that at least one tweet that you saw discussed NCAA Football. It was that popular of a game.
Whether it was Career Mode, playing online, or just playing against friends, it became a favorite past time for many when NCAA Football stopped making their game in 2013. It just so happens that Michigan’s own Denard Robinson was featured on the final game (NCAA Football 14). I’m not going to blame the Wolverines, but, well, yes I am. It’s Michigan’s fault. Clearly.
Players’ names weren’t used in the game. Instead of showing Chase Young, Justin Fields, and J.K. Dobbins, the game would have “Ohio State No. 2”, “Ohio State No. 1”, etc. But it would have their attributes, height, and weight identical to the real-life player. Also, when people began to spend hours putting in every single player’s name in the game, they allowed other gamers to download the roster, therefore showing the player’s real name. Yet, even with all of this, the players weren’t getting paid a single penny. It’s not right.
NCAA Football might never return. We likely won’t know whether it will or not for quite a while, but the NCAA Board of Governors passing this bill unanimously is certainly a step in the right direction, one that brought plenty of excitement to those who used to play the game.
Browns Parody Song
A Cleveland diehard fan since the day I was born, I want the Browns to be good just like the rest of us do. Their early-season struggles have been horrible, and even that would be an understatement. While the Dawg Pound is used to supporting and rooting for a losing team since they returned since 1999, what has made it even worse was the expectations put on this team prior to the season, ones that the Browns haven’t even come close to exceeding.
There might still be nine games left in the season, but nearly halfway through the 16-game regular-season schedule, it’s clear that the Browns aren’t as good as we thought.
With all that said, two good friends of mine, Jay Goodman and Scott Martin — members of the outstanding ‘Skinny Moo’ cover band — created a parody song describing the up-and-down rollercoaster that Browns fans have been on this season. Instead of Taylor Swift’s version of “You need to calm down”, Jay added his only little twist to the words.
Be sure to give it a listen (click that link). It’s really good.