Mark Emmert is bad at his job. That’s not my opinion. It’s a well-known fact.
The NCAA’s President since 2010, Emmert has been the face of the governing body of collegiate athletics for over a decade, and now we are stuck with him as the head clown in the clown show for at least four more years.
In case you missed it (and you probably did), late last night while you were watching the Temptation Island finale, the NCAA quietly whispered the news of a contract extension for Emmert. Announced after 9 p.m. on a Tuesday night as a note in a much broader NCAA press release, the new deal will keep Emmert in his role until New Year’s Eve 2025.
Until then, Lord Emmert will continue to line his pockets with money made on the hard work of student-athletes, while drinking from his golden goblet filled with their blood, sweat and tears. He may get around to the FBI’s investigation into college basketball that happened years ago, maybe. And if he gets bored enough, he may even pretend to entertain the idea of sharing some of the NCAA’s billions of dollars in revenue with the college students who do all the labor. Or at the very least, he will use a small fraction of the billions on improving next year’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
But Emmert, who makes over $3 million a year by the way, probably won’t do anything he should do, which is why no one is excited about the news of his extension. The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach writes, “Commissioners and athletic directors were livid, especially knowing that this extension came a month after one of the most embarrassing moments of Emmert’s tenure: the 2021 women’s NCAA Tournament…”
Also on Emmert’s long list of failures: blowing through the NCAA Tournament’s emergency fund before a pandemic hit, giving CBS a crazy discount on March Madness TV rights, mishandling major scandals at places like Miami and Penn State, and not freeing Enes in 2010.
All that said, congrats to Emmert on his new contract extension.
Congrats to Will Wade too.