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Amidst a bunch of other stories the past week or so was news that Jonathon Vilma won a legal battle against Roger Goodell. Remember when Emmert made his ridiculous ruling that a lot of people compared him to Goodell. Roger was known as the judge, jury and executioner and what he said was supposedly final. We heard the same comments about Emmert's authority.
I have to think that Vilma's victory, even if temporary, is giving those that are considering legal action against Emmert, some additional confidence. Certainly there are differences (I'm sure all those that want to "move on" will yell about "standing") but it goes to show that you never know if you can win unless you stand up for yourself and fight.
I think there are some definite parallels. Goodell is also probably given even more power than Emmert is by the CBA however the CBA is the main reason that Vilma was allowed to take this to court so that may work against PSU b/c there is no CBA in college football. I'm waiting to see what happens with the Curley/Schultz trial b/c a "not guilty" would really improve PSU's chances if they would appeal. However, in the NFL situation Goodell is still going to punish the Saints players, the court just ruled that he didn't follow the right procedures. More than likely the players will still get punished but probably to a lesser degree. IMO, any successful appeal by PSU would only lessen not eliminate the sanctions.
agree with PSUJT$....the CBA supported the players. In our case I guess the closest thing we got to a CBA is Our BOT, which is supposed to serve in similar fashion; protect university's rights versus protect players rights. Problem is, our "CBA" equivalent seems to be unsupportive or not interested in protecting the rights of our university and its athletic programs
The problem here is this...the powers that be laid down like a dog. Since day one the Saints have foght this and said come check it out, come investigate knowing Godell knew he would lose in court.
We did nothing but sign a piece of paper saying we had no interest in fighting this thing. Too many people have too many secrets still in that BOT Meeting Room. Many just want it to go away because they will be outed as the frauds they are.
Here's a question why do we need the NCAA. Why do the colleges follow their rules, are schools in a contract with them.
I was thinking about this the other night, obviously they are the governing body just wondering how they became the the hammer to enforce rules and supposed ethics.
I do not know the answer but I can speculate on a few things.
1. At one point I would assume the schools presidents saw a need for legislation, etc...if not it would be the Wild Wild West.
2. There has to be some other value in staying in because if there wasn't people would have left a long, long time ago.
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