Posts Tagged ‘Frank Deford’

FRANK DEFORD: PAY NCAA ATHLETES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR VIDEO GAME LIKENESSES

July 11, 2009

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Frank Deford is still alive. Barely.

Deford is so old that he makes a Gilbert and Sullivan reference in his column for SI.com this week. Gilbert was born in 1836, Sullivan in 1842.

The column is about the NCAA’s recent decision to put the likenesses of its student atletes on video games but not pay them any money for doing so. Deford points out that an identical policy by the former NFLPA, in dealing with their retired players, resulted in them losing a $30 million lawsuit.

Deford says the concept of amateurism is a “Victorian concept” and a “sham.” Deford actually calls the NCAA “evil” in his column.