BSC Fines Fiesta Bowl $1M – None Will Go To Student-Athletes

The ever-popular Bowl Championship Series has decided that the Fiesta Bowl can keep its BCS status even after finding that former Bowl President and CEO, John Junker, engaged in numerous improprieties while at the helm. (Please see March 30, 2011 post).

The BCS, always being on the lookout to make a few bucks, will fine the Fiesta Bowl $1M for “financial improprieties and for allowing employees to make illegal campaign contributions.”

The BCS will require the Bowl to find a new outside auditor and stated “that the Fiesta Bowl would have to adhere to a number of other sanctions including dismissing any and all board members who participated or had knowledge of wrongdoing at the bowl.”

As usual, none of the $1M dollars that the BCS receives from the Fiesta Bowl will go towards student-athletes.

NFL Please Come to an Agreement Before Ochocinco Hurts Himself.

Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver. Chad Ochocinco, since being locked out of football by the NFL Owners, tried out recently for the Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.  Even though he is a gifted athlete, he did not make the team.

Now, Ochocinco will try bull riding and has accepted a challenge, and the guaranteed $10,000.00, from the Professional Bull Riders Association to ride a bull at the Lucas Oil Invitational this weekend.  Additionally, if Eight-five can stay on top the bull for the required eight seconds, the PBR will give him a new Ford F-150 and allow him to rename the bull.

The PBR stated, “Ochocino is a gifted athlete, but bull riding is a much different sport and climbing on the back of a bull in the chutes takes a little more than Twitter confidence, let alone calling for the gate to open.”

NBA Leaders Meet to Discuss New CBA

With the National Basketball Association’s collective bargaining agreement with the NBPA expiring on June 30, 2011, NBA Commissioner David Stern and National Basketball Players’ Association Executive Director Billy Hunter have reportedly been meeting face-to-face to negotiate terms for a new agreement.  Allegedly, the two leaders met last week in Chicago, with staffers from both sides present, and are also set to talk this week in New York City.

The league sent a proposal to the PA last week wherein the owners seek $800 million in additional annual revenue from the players, as well as a hard salary cap.  The leagues also stated that it is their goal is to find “a system in which all 30 teams can compete, and, if they are well-managed, to make a profit. We have never suggested to the union that there’s only one way to accomplish that end.”

The NBA’s proposal was declined by the NBPA with a union spokesman stating, “Unfortunately, the proposal is very similar to the proposal the league submitted over a year ago.  This last proposal doesn’t look close to what we were expecting.”

The union has proposed a revenue deal similar to the one currently in place and has rejected any notion of a hard salary cap, claiming that such would effectively end guaranteed contracts – the lifeblood of professional basketball.

Both sides can agree that TV ratings are strong, and that ticket sales are up roughly one percent.

The NBA owners stated that if terms for a new collective bargaining agreement cannot be reached by the June 30, 2011 deadline, they would lock out the players.

Here we go again.