Dan Dakich Loves That NCAA Players Can’t Make Money
April 12 / Gregg Sussman / SportsGrid
This week, the NCAA came out and said they are considering allowing collegiate players to make money off of their likeliness. It's a rare logical move from the corrupt NCAA that never makes any rational decisions. Schools have been making unbelievable amounts of money selling jerseys for top players forever. Think how much money Oklahoma made this year selling Buddy Hield jerseys, or Florida has made previously selling Tim Tebow jerseys. The player previously made less on the jersey selling that we are for writing about it. That's why it makes total sense for the player to make money off of himself. It's not prostitution, it's business.
To us, it seems like the biggest no-brainer move by the NCAA ever. Allowing players to not lose their amateur status, while making some extra money (players are only currently entitled to their scholarship and a small stipend) for the millions they bring into the university is long overdue.
Of course, there always needs to be a grouch for even the most obvious of rule changes. Essentially it's like the guy that didn't vote Ken Griffey Jr. into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Just because. That's how we feel about how Dan Dakich is responding to this rule. Dakich is the former Indiana head coach and current ESPN College Basketball Analyst (calling mostly Big Ten games). He also probably has beef with Aaron Craft.
Anyone have info on how the Aaron Craft DLeague jersey is selling compared to how the OSU jersey sold? It is about the player right?
Aaron Craft, the former Buckeyes Star who sold millions of jerseys at Ohio State, currently plays for the Santa Cruz Warriors. Craft was undrafted, but signed with the Warriors and has played for their D-League affiliate on and off for the last two years. He currently average over 13 points a game, along with 7 assists. He's working his ass off to get into the NBA. But Dan Dickich (see what we did there) is pointing out that Ohio State made Craft famous and popular, not the other way around.
We understand his point, but find it ridiculous. If Craft stunk at Ohio State, those jerseys don't sell nearly as well. Also, the Big Ten is incredibly visible, while the D-League obviously isn't. Without a connection to the player, a blank team jersey wouldn't sell nearly as well. Craft and Ohio State helped each other, which is why they should each make money off of the jersey sales. Hopefully Dan Dakich will stop tweeting about this and just go back to answering petitions that are calling for him to stop announcing games from his alma mater.
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