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Who says Twitter never accomplished anything? Barely a day after Jay Bilas' Twitter rant pointed out the conflict of interest posed by the NCAA profiting off the sales of college football player jerseys, the organization has decided to stop selling team-related merchandise on its online store. NCAA president Mark Emmert admitted the jersey sales could come off as hypocritical, especially when considering the organization's rules against athletes profiting off their status, but should the NCAA have shut it down entirely?
Jay Bilas was doing a little snooping around the NCAA's online shop on Tuesday when he discovered something strange -- searching for popular players leads directly to their supposedly generic jerseys:
The search function was later disabled, which Bilas also noted, but the whole thing brings up a legitimate issue. Colleges and the NCAA make hefty profits off jersey and memorabilia sales, while players face penalties and possible bans if they take money for a simple autograph. Bilas thinks it's simple exploitation. Do you?
Go to http://ShopNCAAsports.com , type in "Manziel" in upper right search box, hit enter. This comes up. pic.twitter.com/N7KNvXIu24— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) August 6, 2013