Drew Henson had a $3 million paycheck from the Yankees while playing football at Michigan. A bunch of other jocks have played pro baseball and then played amateur football. Football players wear uniforms by Nike under multi-million dollar endorsement deals with schools. Players wear shoes supplied under separate endorsement deals with coaches. Yet, somehow, endorsements as a pro skier (the only way to get funded) is different.
I remember a bunch of years ago, where Steve Alford or some other dorky white boy basketballer at IU appeared on a charity calendar, and the NCAA got all high and mighty about using one’s athletic fame to generate $. Rumeal Robinson appeared on a souvenir front page of the Detroit Free Press and again, the NCAA wet its pants.
This is different. Skiing endorsement deals are unrelated to Bloom as a CU wideout. He is not exploiting his amateur fame. Basically, the NCAA is saying “up yours” unless your pro sport has a league that pays salaries. GFY, swimmers, skiiers, gymnasts, polo wieners…
APPEALS COMMITTEE UPHOLDS BLOOM RULING
Courtesy: David Plati, Assistant AD/Media Relations
Courtesy: Associated Press
Bloom’s last touchdown reception as a Buff, an 81-yard play at Florida State.
BOULDER – An independent NCAA appeals committee Tuesday voted to uphold last week’s staff ruling that ended the collegiate football career of University of Colorado junior Jeremy Bloom. On August 16, the NCAA staff ruled to deny a request for reinstatement filed this past July by the school on behalf of Bloom…. more