After last week becoming the first girl ever to earn a pitching victory at the Little League World Series, Mo’ne Davis lasted only a couple of innings during her Philadelphia team’s 8-1 loss to Las Vegas on Wednesday. But she’s still pretty much the biggest thing in sports right now — her autographed baseball just sold for $510 on eBay.
As it is, Mo’ne spends a lot of time in Williamsport signing stuff — baseballs, caps, etc., for her new fans. But some of that stuff has ended up on eBay. And this the battle lines have been drawn. Some, like Little League Inc. CEO Steve Keener, think that’s not a great idea.
“I think it’s ridiculous. That’s absurd,” said Keener. “(But) I don’t know how you would ever control it.”
Others are OK with it. Brandon Steiner, owner of Steiner Sports, told USA Today that he was ready to pay Davis a $100,000 deal to sign memorabilia, but that he reconsidered because it could be against NCAA rules. Davis is even better at basketball than she is at baseball, and wants to one day play for UConn.
“I wouldn’t want to get in the way of that, those being the rules,” Steiner said. “But would I love to call her up and say, ‘Let’s go sign 1,000 baseballs right now, being that I love what you’ve accomplished and what you’ve done?’ A hundred percent.”
“I’d get my butt up to Williamsport and get something worked out with her parents and her and get some good product online.”
For the record, a federal judge recently ruled that an athlete can earn money from their name and likeness, but only up to $5,000, and even that would be deferred until their eligibility expires. No one’s really sure what that means for someone like Mo’ne, who at 13 is still five years away from college,
Anyway, you kind of get the feeling here that the whole Mo’Ne movement is getting out of hand. She just recently landed the cover of Sports Illustrated, which of course means the Sports Illustrate curse. And she did lose on Wednesday.
Her team, however, is still alive at Williamsport. Philadelphia meets the team from Chicago tonight at 7:30 (ET), with the winner moving on to play Las Vegas for the U.S. championship. That winner would meet either Mexico or Japan for international title.
How do I get a Taney Dragons #MoNe jersey??????
— Brittney Griner (@brittneygriner) August 21, 2014
Well, try eBay, Brittney. You know you really aren’t helping here.