NCAA says it won’t sell jerseys online anymore
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.
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.