Dreams Blog

June 13, 2014

Possible Landmark Decision
J. Brady McCollough (Pgh Post-Gazette) is covering Ed O’Bannion’s suit against the NCAA for using his image on a video-game without his permission. Here is some of that, “The room was mostly quiet as the tall man in the tan suit jacket waited on Judge Claudia Ann Wilken to make her appearance.
But O’Bannon, 41, who sells Toyotas in Las Vegas less than a decade after his professional basketball career ended overseas without the glory he imagined as a youth growing up in Los Angeles, would soon be put to work. As the face of this lawsuit aiming for injunctive relief that would free current and former college athletes of the restrictions the NCAA’s eligibility rules placed on players’ ability to sell their own names, images and likenesses while they are in school, O’Bannon would give his testimony first. There would be no opening arguments, only the announcement by attorneys to Judge Wilken of a huge development in a case that was once tied directly to O’Bannon’s: The lawsuit brought by former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller accusing the NCAA of conspiring to use college athletes’ likenesses in video games without compensation had been settled for $20 million.
Keller was supposed to go to court in March 2015. Without that date on the docket any longer, O’Bannon was alone as he marched his 6-foot-8 frame up to the stand at Judge Wilken’s left. O’Bannon’s words likely wouldn’t mean as much to Judge Wilken’s eventual decision as those of the second witness — Stanford economics professor Roger Noll would later outline the ways that, in his expert opinion, the NCAA runs its business like a “cartel” — but it was O’Bannon’s name on the case.
Through the questioning of his client, Hausfeld’s goal was to create the impression of the Ed O’Bannon who wore No. 31 in UCLA blue and gold, a basketball player “masquerading as a student,” as O’Bannon put it. Drum Beats Big Chief Triangle hired a new coach, Derek Fisher, the Knicks; I hear he’s getting $25million over 5 years. That sure is a lot of money to pay someone who has NEVER been a head coach. I’m going to wait and see if Fisher wears an earpiece, while coaching, that is directly connected with Jackson who might really be the coach with “One degree of separation. More Drums We had the Derek Fisher intro-presser described by Johnette Howard (ESPNNY.com), “Fisher absolutely knocked his news conference out of the park Tuesday in his introductory appearance as the Knicks’ 26th head coach. (It only feels like 24 of them have been hired in the past five years.) We’ll have to see if he’s just as good at actually winning games, which would be nice since the Knicks reportedly gave him a five-year, $25 million contract. They’re paying him like the Erik Spoelstras and Tom Thibodeaus of the league, though he’s never coached a game. But in the half hour or so that Fisher fielded questions, with Jackson sitting to his left, beaming like a proud dad, Fisher didn’t set a foot wrong once. Fisher exuded poise and intelligence and the sort of no-nonsense logic that made him sound eminently capable of confronting challenges head on. Before anyone could ask him, he admitted the concern that he’s never been a head coach is “factually true,” but said, “I am experienced. … Basketball is a game that I’m experienced playing, understanding, leading in, guiding in, helping other people achieve the greatest gift in the world that a professional athlete can have, which is being a champion. “That I do have experience in.” Fisher’s speech is even marbled with many of the same themes Jackson touches on when he’s at his Zen Master best. Buzzwords and phrases like “commitment,” “accountability,” “re-establishing a culture of success,” “embracing the challenge” and “living greatness daily” all came up. Jackson said Fisher excels at speaking to other players’ “spirits and hearts” and Fisher said the Knicks job was “an opportunity that spoke to me right away.” Whole Lotta’ Love Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) recognized the competitions to sign Timberwolves Kevin Love, “The Timberwolves want draft picks, and the Celtics have a bundle, including this year’s No.6 selection. They’d like to snag Love, hold onto Rajon Rondo, then lure Carmelo Anthony and old friend Paul Pierce off the free agent market.” “(Greg) Popovich is rightfully appalled by one of the NBA’s worst-ever ideas: interviewing coaches during the game. He gives those terse, tension-filled answers as a form of protest, and good for him. One problem: His stance is often hilarious. The exchanges have become must-see viewing.” Moninaro Marinara Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) wrote: “Whenever an athlete receives a bazillion-dollar contract, media and fans feel compelled to exhaust themselves in a debate over, whether the jock is worth this fortune. And in every instance, from the deal Colin Kaepernick just signed with the 49ers back to the larval stages of pro sports, the answer has always been the same. An athlete is worth whatever the team’s owner is willing to pay.” “What does it say about women’s tennis in 2014 that 99% of the coaches and personal trainers are men? By now, you’d think women strategists and glorified babysitters would be more visible at the highest level.” Dwight (Seattle Times)Perry’s Patter “Just when you think MLB can’t possibly come up with yet another statistical sub-category, along comes this nugget. The Yankees are 12-1 this season when a rookie pitcher starts a road game.” Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted, “Albert Chen of SI.com, after Boston manager John Farrell and two of his acting successors were ejected in a 3-2 win over the Rays: “It wasn’t clear who was next in the line of managerial succession for the Red Sox. Maybe Secretary of State John Kerry?” Quite The Cut-up Greg Cote (Miami Herald) wrote, “There has been a spate of Tommy John surgeries 40 years after the first one. It must have been so weird having a major surgery named after you. ‘Don’t I


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