“I’d rather have the experience of playing in the NFL and die 10 to 15 years earlier than not play in the NFL and have a long life. I don’t really look toward my life after football. I’ll figure things out when I get there. As long as I outlive my parents.” So said Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte, who has suffered a back injury, two concussions, a shoulder injury and an eye injury this season. What say you?
“I’m adamantly opposed to [raising the age minimum]. I’ve been practicing law for 30 years. One of the beauties of being in that job is that I can practice until I lose my mind or die. That is not the case with athletes. You have a limited life to make money as a basketball player. Anything that limits those opportunities is distressing to me. I view [the age minimum] as just another device that serves to limit a player’s ability to make a living.” So said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts on changing the minimum age to play in the NBA to 20. What say you? Leave your thoughts below or tweet me @jefffannell
“The tide is turning. … Players are going to be paid. Now whether it happens in five years or 10 or 15, I have no idea. But there’s no way we’re going to make this kind of money and never pay the players.” So said ESPN’s Jay Bilas regarding compensation for college athletes. Should college athletes be paid? What say you?
The NCAA cited UCONN for a secondary violation of its rules after reviewing women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma’s congratulatory call to 13-year-old Little League star Mo’Ne Davis. “There’s guys playing college basketball driving around in cars that cost more than my house and we’re worried about a phone call that I made?” So said Coach Auriemma. What say you? Let us hear from you. We’ll post the top response next week.