Thoughts On Sportsball

The Federal government won convictions on three of its cases against the sneaker pimps working behalf of the apparel company Adidas. The case is a strange one in that the FBI invested a lot of time into surveying and wiretapping some famous basketball coaches, as well as some senior company executives. Yet, they have narrowed their focus to some small fish and two executives. It’s one of those cases that probably reveals things about our age for what is not happening, than for what is actually happening in the courtroom.

For those unfamiliar with American college basketball, here’s some background.

Men’s college basketball is probably the most corrupt sport in America. It used to be that boxing was the dirtiest sport, but interest in it has collapsed to the point where it is probably no longer worth the trouble for the criminally inclined. Basketball, on the other hand, is a big money sport with lots of public interest. Like boxing, the talent tends to be unsophisticated and dull-witted, so they are easy to corrupt. There’s also a culture in the sport that tolerates hustlers and conmen. In fact, they are often celebrated.

Strangely, the corruption is not driven by the money coming in the front door, from ticket sales and player contracts. The corruption is driven by the money that comes through the back door, in the form of sneaker agents, apparel companies and the youth development leagues. The business model for sneaker companies is simple. They want black kids buying their sneakers. Since Americans worship black people and youth culture, whatever black kids like, gets bought by Americans and then the people of the provinces.

To that end, the sneaker companies are always looking to sign young basketball stars to represent their brand. They also want college programs, where many of the stars start to become famous, wearing their shoes. The result is the sneaker companies operate complex webs of street agents who bribe kids and their families to sign off-the-books contracts, so they can be guided to the college programs on the payroll of the sneaker company paying the street agent. It’s institutional bribery that has been normalized.

With that as background, it is a mystery as to why the Feds decided to go after these guys, when they have been turning a blind eye to it for decades. The corruption in college basketball is so well known that some of the notorious street agents, who bribe players on behalf of sneaker companies have become institutions. The agent for LeBron James has become very rich just because he got lucky and signed the biggest star in the sport when he was in high school. There are lots of guys hoping to win that lottery.

In other words, the Feds could have been arresting people for decades, but they didn’t and then all of a sudden they went after Adidas. Now, maybe that is just bureaucratic inertia, but what makes this strange is the limited scope thus far. The company executives involved were handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Given the nature of the sport, that means they probably had a budget of millions to use to bribe players and coaches. That money did not fall from the sky. It came from the company.

Everyone familiar with corporate accounting knows there is no account for bribery in the G&A expenses. Adidas is a publicly traded company, which means they have to follow strict accounting standards. That means there are people in their finance department who have been involved in fraud for a long time. It certainly means C-level managers were aware of the activities and approved it. The FBI could easily take down the whole company if they started to dig around in the books. They certainly have probable cause.

Then there is the strange fact that there have been no plea discussions. The people have not been offered a plea deal and no one has offered to talk. Again, the Adidas executives were not operating alone. They have bigger fish to trade for their freedom. The assistant coaches that have been charged can easily hand over their bosses, who are all famous people. The Feds love putting famous people in jail, because it gets them on TV, but in this case the Feds are strangely uninterested in leveraging what they have to get big fish.

Now, like most people reading this, I have limited interest in basketball. What’s intrigued me about this case is all of the dogs not barking. I can accept that the Feds just ignored the issue for years, because their political bosses put things like terrorism and the drug war as top priorities. Still, the Feds have time to hassle citizens for all sorts of stupid and petty things. It’s not like they are actually doing anything about drug crime and terrorism, other than putting on a show for the public. They could have been on this years ago.

Putting that aside, the real mystery is why they have not bothered to expand this case to the most obvious places. If we’re going to assume that the Feds are lazy so they go after low hanging fruit, then why are they not picking these big juicy plumbs that are right in front of them? Similarly, if sloth is the reason behind their lack of action for decades, why did they bother going to trial, when they could have offered these guys a deal? It’s one of those times where the answer to one question contradicts the answer to something else.

The reason this intrigues me is I think it reveals something about the entire system that most people just suspect. That is, the level of incompetence is much worse that even the harshest critics assert. We’ve seen glimpses of this in the FBI scandal. These people are supposed to be the elite, yet they bungled the simplest of tasks. That means down the line, the quality of personnel is even lower. The reason this sneaker case does not make a lot of sense is because the people running it just time-serving hacks.

Another angle to this is that this case reveals the cultural rot of the American empire. The appeal of professional sport is to see men compete in mock battles on a level playing field, abiding by transparent rules. The governing bodies are supposed to make sure the field remains level and the rules transparent. That’s sportsmanship. The state is supposed to step in clean up the business if the governing body is corrupt or simply needs help policing their sport. It’s why casinos have a strong relationship with law enforcement.

Yet, we have a sport that is flagrantly and openly corrupt and no one says anything about it or tries to do anything about it. As we see with this Adidas case, it would be very easy to pop dozens of coaches and even more sneaker company executives. A handful of high profile people going to prison is the sort of thing that reminds everyone else of the need to maintain high standards. As the Chinese say, sometimes you kill some chickens to scare the monkeys. Imprison a few sneaker executive to keep the rest of them motivated.

One final thought, as I have gone on too long about this. The political class is now moaning about the fact that the public has lost faith in institutions. They never think that maybe their unwillingness to enforce the people’s laws could be the reason. They never mention the flagrant disregard for the spirit of the law throughout the elite. Most Americans are sports fans and every day they are reminded that the Cloud People have no respect for the rules. Eventually, the message does sink in and the Dirt People follow suit.

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Mcleod
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Who works for the federal government? Or should I say, what type of people are hired by the federal government? Well, it ain’t your average white boy. What are federal employees interested in? It starts with p and rhymes with pension. A friend of mine is a civil engineer with 20 years in with a reasonably large regional federal office. He is the last white male they’ve hired. In the last 20 years.
Where’s the glory in going after the ghetto heroes in the basketball industry?

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I figure the decline start in the late 70’s when Carter junked the civil service exam. The test might not have picked geniuses, but it did at least set a floor of competence. Now it’s all AA and who you know.

Hoagie
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Hoagie

I am shocked, shocked I say at the level of incompetence and corruption on display by the FBI.

Babe Ruthless
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I think it was when it came out that the FBI had both (a) participated in an election-rigging conspiracy against a presidential candidate and (b) at the same time incredibly tried to pin a fraudulent charge of election-rigging on that very same candidate, that I had the “big epiphany” that basic rule of law had evaporated in the United States of America. I think finding other people who “see” the WROL is one reason I read the Zblog every day.

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Every Islamic terrorist they were warned about, they either ignored or white washed. In one case, the FBI aided two Muslims to tried to kill Pam Gellar and the attendees at the “Draw Hohammed” show.

Then there Boston bombing, various high school shootings where the FBI was tipped off and did nothing, the pulse nightclub shooting, 9/11, the framing of Richard Jewel, , Ruby Ridge,

Now they will drop the hammer on you if you are a white nationalist. Hence they’re efforts at crushing RAM. – which is a white guy fight club.

MikeW
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MikeW

Mark Steyn likes to call it ‘not the lone wolf, the known wolf’. Time after time it’s “yeah, we knew about him”.

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

The FBI was incompetent and corrupt from day 1.

VoorTrekker
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Strange that John Edgar Hoover wanted a national police force during the “Red Scare,” after he was appointed director the bombings stopped. Just saying…

Drake
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Drake

I was an a huge basketball fan in the 80’s. Since then I’ve lost all interest in the game for 2 reasons. Teamwork seems to be gone particularly in the transition game. And more importantly, the rules on the court are no longer enforced. Players no longer dribble the ball and offensive fouls are almost never called.

Me watching a game: “Carry. travel, double-dribble, carry, carry, travel…. click”

No surprise they stopped following rules off the court too. The whole thing just looks false to me.

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

When do negroes ever follow the rules?

Drake
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Drake

When they are enforced.

JohnTyler
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I can’t imagine that any sentient human being gives a flying F^^k about sneaker company payoffs to BB players, whether under, over or through the table. If a player and his family wish to accept a few hundred grand in return for wearing a sneaker brand and to agree to attend a high profile BB school, what’s wrong with that? Why is this even illegal? Why is it OK for a college to make a financial killing by sporting a first rate BB team, but not the player? (I went to a Big Ten university; the $$ earned by the… Read more »

Barnard
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The big name head coaches arrange this so they have plausible deniability. The assistant coaches handle all this dirty work and don’t report any of the details to the head coach beyond, “we have a commitment from player X.” It is the same way with the academic fraud, Roy Williams knew none of the details about what courses the players were taking at North Carolina, because he didn’t want to know. A staff member is hired to guide the players through the tutoring process and as long as everyone is eligible, Roy questions nothing. This is why the NCAA created… Read more »

Tim Newman
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Could it be that if they take down Adidas, they need to then take down Nike, which would upset someone who pays a Cloud person’s bills? It’s hard to believe it was just Adidas working this racket.

Lester Fewer
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I am shocked, shocked I say, to hear that stupid things are happening in The World’s Stupidest Sport. Basketball degrades everyone and everything it touches. America collectively must have lost 20 or more IQ points due to the fetishization of sportsball. Grown men making fools of themselves cheering for other grown men to throw a rubber ball through a hoop. Who then behave as if they just won the battle of Austerlitz. (Which was itself a monumentally stupid thing to bother with.) I can’t sit anywhere in peace and have a damn drink without being besieged by ESPN, with its… Read more »

Hoagie
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I agree whole heartedly, Lester Fewer. I really can’t stand sports. My wife says that’s one of my endearing qualities. I could get into athletic competition if it was a “two go in one comes out” sort of thing. But having spent three tours in the quintessential competition, war, I really find zero interest in anything wherein all participants survive. And don’t get me started on golf!

JohnTyler
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“….I can’t sit anywhere in peace and have a damn drink without being besieged by ESPN……” Try changing the TV channel or try reading a good book; I may watch the game that determines the NCAA champ, maybe, but if I miss it I could give a damn. Sports viewers, like viewers who watch the “news,” have a choice; change the channel, read a good book, or turn off the TV or go on a 30 mile (pedal) bike ride. Trust me, after riding 30 or 40 miles , you will find that your attention to professional / NCAA sports… Read more »

Doctor Right
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We were at a neighborhood (retirement community) party one day, and my wife and I got up to leave before everyone else. A guy said, Oh, you’re going to watch the game. I assured him that I had no idea what game he was referring to. Heck, I have to stop and think even to know which sports are in season, so little contact do I have with that crap. He said, Why don’t you follow (‘local’ highly-paid felon team)? I said, I haven’t followed sportsball since I outgrew peer pressure thirty years ago. The look two wives gave their… Read more »

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Mostly I look at this as a complete waste of my tax $. Why do the feds care about black kids families get money on the side? Who gets hurt really? NO ONE.

Except the NCAA feels bad that their special status as a quasi government agency was hampered.

If the government wants to fix something, pass a law denying the NCAA’s rights to screw over athletes in the name of “amateurism” when there is so f’ing much money floating around at the expense of the “kids”.

Arch Stanton
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I worked the TV & Radio broadcast side of b’ball with a number of Div. I schools 30+ years ago, and the shoe money, even then, was out of control. Everybody in the program had their hand out to be greased.
The answer to all this is change the role of the NCAA and just pay the damn kids as if they were pros. End the hypocrisy of ‘amateur athletics’.

tullamore92
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Title IX. You wanna pay Football Hero, you gotta pay third-string on the girl’s pretend sport team. And the pay better be “equitable” or it’s all for naught.

Karl
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I guess most coaches are black as are most players. It would be racist to prosecute black coaches in a black sport.

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pimpkin\'s nephew

Not in college basketball. The coaches are white guys making big money.

Wilbur Hassenfus
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Wilbur Hassenfus

When the ruling class whines about declining faith in institutions, what they really demand from us is faith in them, personally, as individuals.

They clawed their way into the job, so it’s their right to do as they please with it, and the other part of the reward is that the little people are supposed to respect them and believe they’re Great Men.

This is third world thinking. Of course nobody in American politics ever was immune to it, but at one time you had to maintain a convincing simulation of public service, even in Tammany Hall.

Babe Ruthless
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Babe Ruthless

College sport is so weird I’m not sure even a 500 IQ space alien could understand it. Human: “So we have these prestigious educational institutions for young adults, but they take in big dumb guys who play children’s games that have nothing to do with education, and those guys pretend to study, and their games make millions of dollars, but these fake students are not paid, even though the fake students come from a tribe that is otherwise fanatically helped and protected by all the powerful people in society. Except the fake students *will* be protected if they rape and/or… Read more »

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Make me Czar and Number-One Head Chopper of College Athletics and I could fix college sports. General Principle: Playing college varsity athletics is a privilege accorded to good students, not a play pen for semi-retarded thugs. College varsity athletics are not to be taxpayer/parent-subsidized minor leagues for professional leagues. Requirements: 1. Those who play varsity athletics must have had a SAT/ACT, HS GPA, and HS class ranking (all three) higher than the median SAT/ACT, HS GPA, HS class rank for those admitted in their class/cohort at both their college (Ole Miss, for example) _and_ for their playing conference (SEC). 2.… Read more »

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Part of my annoyance with college sports is the mercenary aspect of it. Who couldn’t be king of the hill given enough money to hire the best from anywhere, without regard to local ties or how well s/he actually does in school? I suggest all athletes on a given school’s team must originate from that school’s environs – let’s say s/he must have lived continuously for the previous 5 years within 100 (200? 300?) miles of said school. That might provide an incentive for schools to make their immediate surroundings more inviting, whatever that means. It would certainly make things… Read more »

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College sports certainly is weird. I could be the biggest college basketball fan on this board, although my interest is quickly decreasing the last couple of years. I have spent many years on my team’s message board and most non-fans or casual fans wouldn’t believe how closely the fans follow recruiting. They know about every 16 to 18 year old high school player their team is in the process of recruiting and study the scouting reports and watch all their highlight videos. They spend a lot of time discussing the kids’ strengths and weaknesses, if it looks like they’ll get… Read more »

Iceburger
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My surprise is anyone actually likes basketball in the first place. It struck me years ago that it’s a sport that relies entirely on a rule of time to make it vaguely interesting, needs very tall people to function and creates athletic drama by having people swinging on some metal hoop like, er, a …um… oh, what’s the name of the animal…?

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I guess the big question for me is, why is it all illegal in the first place? I assume it’s all tied back to college player NCAA agreements not to compete for profit. THAT is the biggest corrupt crock out there. Schools, coaches and administrators cleaning up off the backs of the poorly-compensated players.

What needs to happen is to take the “college” out of college basketball. Then the men can make whatever endorsement agreements they want at whatever prices they want.

Chaotic Neutral
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Chaotic Neutral

Interesting topic and discussion. I wonder why it even matters. So what if shoe companies are bribing black teens. The money almost certainly redistributes immediately in the community or more likely goes straight to Bavarian motor works. This gave me an idea. Remember when Z told about how the shoe company BKs went bankrupt when kids randomly started calling them “brother killers.” ? We need to engineer a similar fate for Nike. Nike was the Roman goddess of victory. The Romans enslaved many blacks didn’t they? We can start calling nikes brother enslavers!

Karl Horst (Germany)
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Karl Horst (Germany)

You do know Adidas is a Germany company? I suspect the current American administration will be doing more anti-European investigations like this in the future given the current feelings between our two governments.

Ivar
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Ivar

Good point. I didn’t know Adidas was a German company.

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Next you are going to tell me Aldis’s is German.

Karl Horst (Germany)
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Karl Horst (Germany)

And so is Trader Joe’s. Owned by Theo and Karl Albrecht. Look it up. 🙂

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My first internalization of class consciousness was looking around at the kids in music class in 3rd grade. We were all in a big circle. I felt the kids with Nikes were good and winners. The kids in other shoes were grimy dork losers. (If New Balance, Puma, or Addidas, you were lesser but ok.) But any other shoe that wasn’t a Nike wasn’t just not a Nike, but a wanna-be Nike. You sucked. Your family shopped at Kmart. Your shoes were 90% foam. I was probably in the prole shoe category because my dad was too cheap or too… Read more »

Abelard Lindsey
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Abelard Lindsey

The political class is now moaning about the fact that the public has lost faith in institutions. They never think that maybe their unwillingness to enforce the people’s laws could be the reason. They never mention the flagrant disregard for the spirit of the law throughout the elite.

Mentally ill people lack insight. The elites lack insight. Perhaps there is an explanation here.

Kendoka
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Kendoka

That’s not mental illness. It’s hubris of the highest order.

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I’d be far more impressed if they went after the Banksters. Blankfein having his most personal orifices explored by a series of our swarthy brothers for 5 to 10 years would fix a lot that needs fixing.

Ivar
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Ivar

The FBI has been called “The Famous But Incompetent,” and “F***ed up Beyond Imagining” for years. I remember endless video of FBI agents investigating the OKC bombing. The Agent in Charge had a significant gut, wore a cheap suit and a beat up necktie covered with food stains. The investigators waddled about in those two dollar blue FBI windbreakers. There were many a**crack views as they crouched down, looking at something. If the Progs ever decide to put the hammer down, the ‘hammer’ will be composed of many timeservers, toadies, and careerists — not exactly the SS.

Toddy Cat
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Yeah, sometimes the guy in the beat-up raincoat and sloppy tie is Lt. Colombo, but usually in the real world, he’s just a slob. Say what you will, but Hoover would never have put up with that. In his day, FBI agents at least looked the part…

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Ryan

This is all so weird. At heart is the ridiculous nature of college athletics. The law firm I work for doesn’t “bribe” me to file motions and respond to discovery. That’s my job, and I get paid to do it. Yet it’s perfectly natural to say Adidas bribed high schoolers to sign with Louisville instead of Kansas. Eh, at least South Park made a good joke of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61TMtH3Qw4s

CaptainMike
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On the topic of fedgov incompetence, I currently work as an assessor in warfare/combat readiness. 3/4 of the .gov employees I encounter do NOTHING but pretend work, moving paperwork about nothing from place to place. If they fail entirely to do even that rudimentary task, there are ZERO consequences. So they progress up the GS ranks, inexorably gaining pay, power, and benefits, providing absolutely no value whatsoever to “the mission.” The uniformed folks are not a whole lot better, but there is some slight accountability there, at least for white males. Anyone with eyes can see that at some point… Read more »

LFMayor
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They don’t want to upset the bread and circuses Z. The social contract is getting mighty frayed and too vigorous an action risks wrecking the whole damn thing. Then those soma stilled minds might do dangerous things, like realize, actualize and even think, instead of watching the assorted @ball. About you point of the cloud being rotten, so follows the underlings. The only reason the whole works hasn’t settled into the basement as a pile is because the little ones at the bottom are keeping it alive. Oftentimes through brilliant strikes of ingenuity or just plain old grit and determination.… Read more »

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Dutch

The opposite of love is apathy. There are many things I simply do not care about any more. Sports, the “college experience”, gayness (never did care), new music, new art, new movies, new TV shows, news reports, new fiction books, SF and fantasy, Halloween, voting (other than to vote no on any taxes and financing, and to vote for the most outrageously rightist candidates I can find), networking, gender (other than the plumbing), feelings, magazines, new cars, big business, politics, and the investment markets. I guess sitting on a mountaintop and watching everything go by like one huge, ridiculous gay… Read more »

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It’s strange, a lot of dissident right guys seem to have had a quasi-Buddhist experience of seeing through the vanities of the world. After a real redpilling, the world never really looks the same. There’s a beautiful Buddhist saying, “seeing through the red dust,” to describe this experience, the red dust being what gets kicked up by the angry hustle-bustle of the world. A lot of d-righters see ours as a fighting creed, and I hope it is, but it also has this unusual spiritual component which I rarely see commented on. (P.S. I am not a Buddhist, but I… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Zman, can you link me to your post on “10 things that explain your philosophy” or something like that? It’s not included in your essentials, or other banner items, and I can’t seem to find it anywhere – thank you!

Chiron
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Chiron

Adidas is a Kraut company, economy warfare against non-American companies has arrived.

TomA
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Yes, this is another example of cultural rot, but underlying that is the reality that all the players are taking the easy road. The shoe company execs want to increase profits, not by making better shoes than the competition, but by bamboozling their customers with fake bribe-based advertising. The customers buy overpriced shoes, not because it makes them better basketball players, but because it gives them fake status in the hood. The Feds want to appear like they’re doing their job, but not by actually taking down a corrupt industry, too much work so just put on enough of a… Read more »

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Concerns so many Black people.

ExPraliteMonk
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ExPraliteMonk

Years ago I worked at a major aerospace firm. During the required ethics training, the manual stated in so many words that bribes are tolerated only when doing business in countries where bribery is the norm. Some countries pay their civil servants so little that they have ask for bribes just to afford to eat.

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I’m surprised that such payments were openly authorized, unless this was really a long time ago. These payments are the fun Customary Expediting Payments permitted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It’s very vague and as a result corporate policies always formally forbid them while informally winking at their use. No one with any power will sign off, but they happen anyway, because, as you say, they have to. The corporate policies perform their core function of protecting corporate management. If the Feds decide (as they could, at any time and for any reason) that the Customary payment wasn’t Customary,… Read more »

ExPraliteMonk
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ExPraliteMonk

In some countries you can’t even get the power turned on or a phone line installed without paying a gratuity. If you open an office in one of those countries you either pay up or sit in the dark.

Kendoka
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Kendoka

The FBI was NEVER as good the federal agency Hoover’s propaganda and the willing press made it out to be. I have known a dozen or so FBI special agents of various ranks over the last 30 years. All are competent at their jobs but none of them are geniuses. They are above average in intelligence, dedicated to an ideal of law and order and proud of their roles. Put another way, they are not much better than any good local LEO on the NYPD or LAPD. FBI special agents just have access to lots of federal dollars and an… Read more »

Christopher S. Johns
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Christopher S. Johns

Slightly different take on this, while conceding that gross incompetence could explain everything: What if the FBI got involved in this without quite being aware of what they were getting in to? What if, after a quick education in the reality of college sports, they had an “oh shit” moment when they realized that the implications of what they had uncovered would mean that the FBI/DOJ would have to prosecute high profile cases of famous people (John Calipari, top NIKE executives, etc.) and send them to prison? Maybe it was just decided, given the alternatives, that they’d bag a couple… Read more »

Frederick V
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I think you provided the answer to the question early in your post. That is, Americans “worship” black people, (or at the very least, regard them as much loved pets incapable of wrong-doing or sin). Nobody in the federal government (the Deep State is still full of Obama minions) will target a basketball-American. That’s practically a modern day lynching. So the thugs and pimps will just skate. Always and forever. But if you can throw a few white shoe company middle managers in jail, then by all means… Like banks being accused of “predatory loans” that target and hurt minorities,… Read more »

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

Interesting little piece I read in the Journal on airplane haul back east this morning. The “one and out” rule has been modified to allow kids to go straight to the rather small basketball minor leagues from high school and raised the first year salary cap to $125k. Apparently was fought tooth and nail by the NCAA as it’s a significant step towards creating a true minor league system that bypasses the colleges and pinches their free labor. For a kid to start at that at 18 plus, going to assume, some freedom to do his own side deals, it’s… Read more »

Severian
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The college sports weirdness runs deep indeed. For instance, I often commented to faculty colleagues that we really ought to let jocks “major” in their sport — that way they don’t take up chairs in real classes, no profs get strong-armed into passing them when they don’t show up, even the stats go up, as “graduation rate by major” looks a lot better when the majors include football. Now here’s the weird part: Everyone on the faculty was aghast at this idea. These are people who hate sportsball with the heat of a thousand suns, and yet, though they’d happily… Read more »

RWnova
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RWnova

Too much reality?

Kendoka
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Kendoka

Because deep down they are arrogant pricks who cannot imagine that any field other then their own and those they deign to deem worthy of being treated as “real” majors is worthy of such treatment. And don’t ever forget they like the money any successful university football or basketball program brings their workplace because it often frees up other university funds for research and other things that result in direct compensation for professors.

Moran ya Simba
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Moran ya Simba

Corruption laws cant be too hard to get around, hell, that’s basically what the DS is all about as I understand it. You cant ask an official to so something in exchange for rewards, that’s ‘crude corruption’ and clearly illegal. But as far as I know, there is no law against saying ‘maybe, in the future, we would like to hire you for advertising/consulting etc’. People will be people, corruption is a sign of cultural, not legislative, decadence I think. And maybe the difficulty of proving wrongdoing is why the feds are moving slowly here, just a thought?

Rcocean
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Rcocean

College sports have always been corrupt. Lucius Allen & Lew Alcindor stayed at UCLA for 4 years because a “Sports Booster” was giving him cars and “No show” jobs. That was 50 years ago. Cash under the table, signing bonuses, etc. – in College Football it all goes back to the 1920s.

UpYours
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UpYours

C’mon now man, College sports was squeaky clean in the 1920’s. It was clean till those darkies ruined it /sarcasm. Inconvenient facts are not to be mentioned to the Dissident Right.

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Why is it wrong to wear a jersey with another man’s name on it?

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When they write the history books in the collapse, they’ll have to put Hillary Clinton on the cover. Not just that she wasn’t prosecuted for ridiculously illegal violiations of national security laws, but that the agents involved were active working to ensure she walked. Then, she gets defeated in humiliating fashion. In the old days it was understood that she should disappear from public life. That’s how the elites used to police themselves. Banishment and exile. I said this years ago, but they’ve given up on the idea of policing themselves, and they’ve put people in place who will ensure… Read more »

sirlancelot
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Totally unrelated , but since the topic is basketball. Today on sports radio they interviewed Danny Ainge and his expectations of the Celtics this year. Instead he started telling a story about Bob Cousy visiting the team this past week and telling the young players the strides basketball has made when in the early days the black players had to use a separate entrance to get into a restaurant. The story goes instead of using the separate entrance the Celtics first black player and Cousy went to the side of the building and pissed on it Just another reason to… Read more »

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They were pissing on the politics. You seemed to have missed that point grandpa.

Longbow
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Or maybe they’re a nest of Thugs looking for an easy target.

Dave smith
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Dave smith

Dull witted but a candidate for political father of the year. Le born
I ddnt do muffin coby…..

UpYours
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College ball is corrupt and has always bean for one reason only…the “student-athlete” scam. You can either be a serious student or a full-time semi professional athlete but not both. Yes, I know there are rare exceptions but not the norm. To cut out corruption, simple cut out the whole student-athlete BS scam. Let “college-sports” be a development league funded by the NBA and the NFL. The leagues pay the college coaches and share the revenue generated with the colleges (50%-50%). Athletes, can accept endorsements, cash awards for joining any development league team just like the NFL. At the end… Read more »

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“The Games” Super Bowl etc. Are a modern version of the Roman Games.
If you have a chance or a way to read the 400 years of silence between the old and the New Testament, i would. You may glean much.
This modernized Global Roman Empire that ‘is’ here needs to collapse. i believe we are witnessing it. It needs to. Many are balking at this and will go to war to stop this (try.)
The point being God does not want nor need much of this empire ( man’s) to come back. Neither shall we.