"A lot of change” is coming, NCAA president Mark Emmert said last week. The NCAA will be significantly different and soon, Emmert told the Associated Press. Confidence will be restored. Credibility will be re-established. Time to win back the public, Emmert said.
Keith Dorney is the public and Emmert is not going to win him over. Dorney, a West County resident, is a member of College Football's Hall of Fame. He was an All-American offensive tackle for Penn State. Dorney, 55, has seen how the NCAA works and when I first told Dorney of Emmert's statement, he replied, “I think the NCAA should be disbanded.”
To Dorney, the NCAA and the NFL are one and the same organization, the only difference is that college players don't get paid.
“Otherwise you have (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell and the NFL owners on one hand,” Dorney said, “and the NCAA officials, college administrators, coaches and rich alumni on the other.”
What unites the NCAA and the NFL is a bond as old, as strong and as primal as the very need for food itself.
“Money, that's what they both have and that's what neither will give up,” said Dorney, a financial investor.
Consider the kind of money Dorney is referring to. It's not a thousand bucks or even a million bucks. In their rarefied environment, that's chump change, so many quarters left on the curb for the unfortunate to scramble for.
Quoting an NCAA press release: “For 2011-12, the most recent year for which audited numbers are available, NCAA revenue was $871.6 million, most of which came from the rights agreement with Turner/CBS Sports.”
And maybe, just maybe, that $871.6 million was a lot of money to make off “student-athletes,” aka cash cows.
The revenue for the NFL in 2012, according to the Sports Business Journal, was $9.5 billion. Goodell has set 2027 as a goal for NFL owners to reach $25 billion in revenue.