The Sports Broadcast

A blog about sports broadcasting from the great state of Florida. They report. I decide.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Auction

Anybody got a spare $10,000? The University of Iowa has put its football stadium scoreboard up for auction. Not only that, but they put it on eBay. I realize that if they're going to replace it, they would probably want to get something for the old one, but eBay? Wow. They even will take personal checks for it. The description says "It has recorded some of the most memorable victories in football history." Like what? Ben Roethlisberger's last loss as a starter? I have nothing against Iowa football, but it's not like this is the Rose Bowl scoreboard or anything.

Speaking of getting money for something, NCAA President Myles Brand says he really would like to reform the finacial structure of college sports, citing the "escalation of success" being a significant problem. Basically, he has finally realized, at least publically, that college football and men's college basketball are becoming dangerously commercialized, threatening the mantle of amateurism that the NCAA likes to wear. Rising TV contracts have led to rampant corruption and the BCS... ah, but I repeat myself. The rewards for the risks of breaking the rules keeps rising, meaning that more people are willing to take the risks. Look at the recent Colorado recruiting scandal or what Maurice Clarett has alledged about Ohio State boosters giving him money and cars. There is little the NCAA can do to fix the financial problem, and to his credit he does acknowledges that.

Finally, if you haven't seen the pictures of Curt Schilling's ankle that were taken before he pitched in the World Series (and you aren't too squeamish) take a look at them courtesy of Jayson Stark. If these pictures don't convince you that his 7-inning shutout performance on that ankle against one of the most potent offenses in all of baseball was one of the most incredible sports feats ever, nothing will.

2 Comments:

  • At 2:26 AM, Blogger yoni cohen :: http://yocohoops.com said…

    Hey-

    Came across your blog today. Great stuff. Agree with you about the Iowa scoreboard. As for the former IU administrator, he's Myles away from a reasonable Brand of leadership. Ugh.

    Noticed, however, that you were a college sports fan. Hoping you could (create a blogroll and) add a link to my College Basketball Blog, http://collegeball.blogspot.com. I'd very much appreciate a link on your site.

    And would gladly return the favor, adding a link from my site to yours.

    Thanks!

    Yoni Cohen, http://collegeball.blogspot.com
    College Basketball Blog

     
  • At 2:27 AM, Blogger yoni cohen :: http://yocohoops.com said…

    Oop. I'm silly. Just saw your kind link to my blog. Thanks!!!

    yoni

     

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