Oct
02
Barstool Sports founder calls NCAA ‘corrupt’


GOOD STUFF.>>>NEXT ONE. LET’S DO COLLEGE SPORTS. GOT THE IDEAL GUEST FOR THIS. DALLAS MAVERICKS OWNER MARK CUBAN, HE WAS ON “CAVUTO” YESTERDAY. HE SOUNDED OFF ON PAYING NCAA PLAYERS. ROLL THAT TAPE, PLEASE.>>COUPLE THINGS. ONE, I THINK THE NCAA’S A MESS. THEY ARE A BIG SOURCE OF THE PROBLEMS. I MEAN, THEY ARE VERY BUREAUCRATIC, THEY DON’T REALLY — THEIR INTERESTS AREN’T REALLY ALIGNED WITH ALL THEIR SCHOOLS, THEY ARE CERTAINLY NOT ALIGNED WITH PLAYERS’ INTERESTS, BUT SET THAT ASIDE, WHEN IT COMES TO PAYING PLAYERS AS EMPLOYEES, THEN YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY GET FIRED? WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU WANTED TO FIRE THEM? DO WE WANT TO START FIRING STUDENT ATHLETES? STUART: GOOD QUESTION. LOOK WHO’S HERE. DAVE PORTNOY, FOUNDER OF BARSTOOL SPORTS AND REGULAR GUEST ON THIS PROGRAM, AND A STAR IN HIS OWN RIGHT. SHOULD WE PAY — STOP LAUGHING — COLLEGE ATHLETES?>>YEAH, I THINK YOU PROBABLY DO HAVE TO PAY THEM. YOU KNOW, I LOVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, I LOVE COLLEGE BASKETBALL. EACH SCHOOL, GIVE THEM A SET AMOUNT OF MONEY, FIGHT FOR PLAYERS, PAY THE PLAYERS. THAT’S THE EASIEST WAY I SEE TO DO IT. STUART: I COME AT THIS FROM A COMPLETE OUTSIDER. I WASN’T BORN AND RAISED IN AMERICA SO I DON’T HAVE THAT FEEL FOR COLLEGE SPORTS, NOT GETTING PAID, THE AMATEURS, REALLY PUTTING THAT EFFORT INTO THE GAME. I’M AWAY FROM ALL OF THAT. WOULD IT ACTUALLY DESTROY THE WAY WE FEEL ABOUT COLLEGE SPORTS IF YOU PAID THEM?>>WELL, MOST PEOPLE CARE ABOUT BIG-TIME COLLEGE SPORTS. WE ARE NOT TALKING D-3. IF YOU HAVE A BRAIN, YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT’S TH KNOW THAT I TH KNOW THAT IT’H KNOW THAT IT’S A BUSINESS. THEY ARE GOING AND GETTING PAID UNDER THE TABLE, DOING THIS, DOING THAT. TO ME IT DOESN’T CHANGE IT. IT’S ALREADY PROFESSIONAL SPORTS. IT’S ALREADY A BIG BUSINESS. YOU MIGHT AS WELL BRING IT TO THE FOREFRONT. NOBODY LIKES THE NCAA. THE NCAA IS CORRUPT. EVERYBODY HATES THEM. DOESN’T MATTER WHAT SIDE OF THE AISLE, WHO YOU’RE FOR. STUART: I DIDN’T KNOW THAT.>>YEAH. THEY’RE DESPISED. STUART: WHY SO UNPOPULAR?>>BECAUSE THEY ACT LIKE THEY HAVE THE STUDENTS’ INTERESTS IN MIND, THE SCHOOLS, AND THEY DON’T. IT’S DECISION AFTER DECISION AFTER DECISION WHERE THEY ARE JUST ABOUT MAKING MONEY WHICH IS FINE, BUT THEN YOU HAVE TO PAY THE ATHLETES. YOU HAVE TO PAY THE PEOPLE MAKING YOU THE MONEY. STUART: I THINK THIS REFERS, IT SAYS IN CALIFORNIA, THIS ALLOWS COLLEGE ATHLETES TO GET AN AGENT SO THEY CAN CHARGE MONEY FOR ENDORSEMENTS AND CHARGE MONEY FOR USING THEIR OWN IMAGE.>>RIGHT. STUART: IN A GAME, VIDEO GAME. I CAN’T SEE WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT.>>WELL, WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT WILL BE IF CALIFORNIA’S THE ONLY STATE THAT DOES IT, EVERYONE WILL WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL IN CALIFORNIA. THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN, GUESS WHAT, THE S.E.C. STINKS, THE PAC-10 STINKS. IF YOU GO STATE BY STATE IT’S GOING TO BE A MESS. MAYBE THE END OF COLLEGE ATHLETICS. STUART: WHAT IT MEANS IS CALIFORNIA IS DICTATING THE TERMS TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AND THE NCAA DOESN’T GET A WORD IN.>>YEAH. THE NCAA IS LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE SCHOOLS COULD GO DO THEIR OWN THING. I WILL BE HONEST, I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE ISSUE. I CARE ABOUT THIS. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO WATCH COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON A SATURDAY. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO BET ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT I DO. THIS IS PUTTING THE WHOLE THING, IT STARTS 2023. THEY GOT TO COME UP WITH A UNIVERSAL LAW OR ELSE THE WHOLE THING WILL FALL APART. STUART: FASCINATING. EVEN THOUGH I’M A COMPLETE OUTSIDER TO IT. DAVE PORTNOY, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AS USUAL.