ESPN's Jay Bilas Trolled NCAA into Suspending Its Shopping Cart Search Option
The NCAA is investigating Johnny Manziel for having the audacity to use his own name to profit even though the athletics association uses his name for profit. The outspoken Jay Bilas has taken the association to task.
As CBS Sports notes, Bilas has gone on a Twitter tirade to troll the NCAA for its apparent hypocrisy, highlighting the ease with which fans can search a player by name and buy some memorabilia:
He added a bit of hilarity with after the Tajh Boyd tweet:
Bilas continued in a similar fashion for the likes of AJ McCarron, Silas Redd, De'Anthony Thomas and Marqise Lee before dropping the results of a fake search for NCAA president Mark Emmert:
It seems our Twitter superhero took a break from his search for truth, justice and Internet hilarity to offer up a swagged-out selfie:
As one fan pointed out, the search option has been suspended.
The search function on http://t.co/71fcOTfuAR has been disabled.— Chip Patterson (@Chip_Patterson) August 6, 2013
A win for Bilas? It sure seems like it.
This is the moment some might fire up a cigar and kick up their feet, savoring the full extent of their victory. Well, not this guy.
Bilas kept tweeting, giving fans a cheat code of sorts:
Although, when I tried that simple ploy, the search came back with a message that states, "We were unable to find an exact match to your search but we still might carry your product or one very similar."
The NCAA shop's afternoon seems to feature a new task: following along with each and every tweet from the ESPN analyst.
Of course, this all pertains to the ongoing controversy pertaining to Manziel allegedly profiting from his autographs.
The latest scuttlebutt comes from ESPN, which reported that Manziel "was paid $7,500 for signing approximately 300 mini- and full-sized helmets," according to an unnamed broker. ESPN also witnessed two videos featuring the Texas A&M star signing items but never saw money or compensation exchanging hands.
For Manziel, the scandal could mean the end of his amateur-playing days. For fans and analysts covering the sport, it means a boon to an age-old debate of amateurism in sports and the question of who really owns a collegiate star's name—something covered very well by Bleacher Report's Dan Levy.
The opinions on the subject cover a wide swath, from those who find Manziel's plight ridiculous considering how the NCAA profits to those who are ready to lump more vitriol onto the quarterback after a tumultuous summer.
Thankfully, there is plenty of room to find a great deal of humor in what may be a lengthy soap opera.
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