—The NCAA has taken a “significant” step towards allowing college athletes to make money off their name, image and likeness beginning in 2021.
Unfortunately, this does not mean that college football/basketball video games are coming back any time soon.
—The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy has five takeaways from the latest NIL development.
5. The NCAA really wants Congress to act on this.
Led by California, which passed the Fair Pay to Play Act last October, a number of states have either established or have considered bills to allow college athletes in their jurisdictions to be paid for name, image and likeness.
That amalgamation of state laws is complicated for the NCAA, which conducts national athletic competitions its members prefer to be contested under the same set of rules. Congressional action on NIL would have the potential to supersede all of that.
Perhaps even more importantly, the NCAA could be shielded from legal action if a move to allow NIL rights to college athletes were federally ordained. When the membership decided in 2015 to allow universities to offer cost-of-attendance payments to athletes, the NCAA had to pay more than $200 million to settle litigation from athletes who hadn’t gotten access to those funds.
“As the legal and legislative landscape around college sports continues to evolve, we also see the challenges that are in front of us to positively effect change,” Emmert said. “Indeed, our efforts to improve college athletes’ experiences have often been met with increased litigation and challenges that significantly limit the NCAA’s ability to address those needs and opportunities.
“It’s clear we need Congress’ help in all of this.”
This will not be an easy time to get a bill through Congress. The COVID-19 epidemic has the government considering more pressing issues, and it is an election year. There has been bipartisan support in many states, though, for action in this direction.
—Year six and year seven of Ricky O’Donnell’s quest to win a national title with Western Carolina in NCAA Basketball 2K8 are live and feature an unbelievable ending.
—Jay Scrubb goes 47th overall and Jordan Nwora 51st overall in Sam Vecenie’s latest NBA mock draft for The Athletic.
—Zero point zero percent.
A belated realization: The NFL Draft is on Kentucky Derby weekend in 2021... Dear Churchill Downs: What are the odds you can slide the races back a week??? https://t.co/Xu56QMbF76— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2020
—The New York Giants have released former Louisville long snapper Colin Holba.
—The Bowling Green Daily News fills in some of the gaps of the life of Chris Marcus, who emerged as a surprise superstar at Western Kentucky, got hurt, disappeared, and then passed away last week at the age of 40.
I’ll always use Marcus as my example as the player who was hurt most by making the decision to return to college. He was seen as a consensus top 10 pick after his breakout season with the ‘Tops and really, really should have left school early.
—The morning line odds for Saturday’s virtual “Triple Crown Showdown” have been posted, and Secretariat is the 7/2 favorite.
I know that we’re all desperate for something Derby right now, but ...
1) A virtual race involving horses that in some cases existed over 100 years apart is silly and not a thing that should be attempted.
2) If anyone but Secretariat wins, people are going to (understandably) call bullshit.
—”Tiger King,” the hit series that has set Netflix records, was edited right here in Louisville.
—I want this to be true so badly, but it feels like there’s less than a zero percent chance this actually happened.
I just found my favorite baseball story ever.— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) April 26, 2020
In 1893, a batter fouled off a pitch and broke the last bat at the park, so he walked over to a woodpile and picked up an axe. Next pitch, he swung, cut the ball in half, and half of it went over the fence.
The game ended 2.5 to 2. pic.twitter.com/goLTXhI9UI
—There is now a “furlough fund” to help out the SB Nation/Vox Media employees who have been furloughed for the next three months. This includes your boy, who won’t get another paycheck for his college hoops work until (at least) the end of the summer.
—Some hot brown recipes from temporarily closed Louisville restaurants.
—Cardinal Authority asks who will be Louisville football’s leading scorer in 2020.
—All of the tears.
—It’s time for everyone to embrace what’s coming in the NCAA, problems and all, writes Pat Forde for Sports Illustrated.
—There is now an AI meme generator.
—U of L’s drum major has planned a virtual performance of “My Old Kentucky Home” on what would have been Derby Day.
—Chip Patterson of CBS Sports picks every daggum game for the upcoming ACC football season.
Louisville (8-4, 6-2)
Wins: NC State, Murray State, WKU, at Syracuse, at Boston College, Florida State, at Virginia, Wake Forest
Losses: at Clemson, Virginia Tech, at Notre Dame, Kentucky
Analysis: What we’re predicting here is basically no bad losses, which is perhaps a little too optimistic. This is a very good team with one of the best QB-RB-WR trios in the ACC (Micale Cunningham, Javian Hawkins, Tutu Atwell), but one bad loss drops the step-forward eight-win season to another seven-win regular season. Two bad losses suddenly have the Cards on edge in November regarding their postseason status.
—Seven great Louisville albums to revisit during quarantine.
—After four years together at U of L, how well do Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook know one another?
—Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 is now available in Louisville for anyone 18 and older.
—A Louisville embalmer has traveled to New York City to help out at the center of the pandemic.
—A pair of football standouts from California have landed U of L offers.
—And finally, a closer look at Sydni Schetnan, the South Dakota native who plans on playing both volleyball and basketball at Louisville.