Posted August 08, 2013

NCAA says it won’t sell jerseys online anymore

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Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel has gotten advice from Cam Newton. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s jersey was taken off the NCAA store.  (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

NCAA president Mark Emmert said Thursday that they will stop selling jerseys of college athletes online after jerseys of current and past athletes were shown on the website for sale, receiving heavy criticism because of the current lawsuit filed by former athletes.

Emmert says his understanding is that the NCAA made no money off the online store and that it was an aggregation site.

Earlier this week, pictures of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel’s No. 2 jersey and other athletes were shown on the site.

Emmert acknowledged that the NCAA selling those goods was “a mistake.”

“We’re going to exit that kind of business immediately. I certainly understand how people can see that as hypocritical,” Emmert added.

STAPLES: Online jersey sales highlight NCAA’s hypocrisy on amateurism

The NCAA is currently being sued by former and current student-athletes objecting to the use of the likenesses in archival footage, as avatars (in video games), in photographs and promotions.


5 comments
Fifilo
Fifilo

Oh, hand in the cookie jar!

The NCAA must die.

usameos6
usameos6 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I love the antiquated NCAA logic:  we're not going to look at our Byzantine rules or bylaws - we're just going to stop selling merchandise.  I also love the "I don't think the NCAA made any money off of this" statement - so if they asked AJ Green if he made any money selling his jersey and he said "I'm not sure, but I don't think so and how about if I just don't do it anymore" then the NCAA would have been okay with that.

Matthew W
Matthew W

Guess they can't punish rocks for brains Johnny Football for his paid autograph signing session.....


How do we get rid of the NCAA?