While testifying during the Ed O'Bannon trial in late June, NCAA president Mark Emmert took a light and quite inaccurate shot at minor league sports:
To convert college sports into professional sports would be tantamount to converting it into minor league sports. And we know that in the U.S. minor league sports aren’t very successful either for fan support or for the fan experience.
Minor league sports had a pitch perfect response.
On Wednesday night, the Lake County Captains, the Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, hosted 'Mark Emmert Appreciation Night.' By all accounts, it was fantastic.
The festivities included the distribution of NCAA video games, a sore subject for the much beleaguered Emmert:
Then there were $100 handshakes distributed to fans who wore "generic" college jerseys that may or may not correspond to a famous athlete who may attend the same college:
And of course, using a combination of media votes and nonsense computer algorithms, the team crowned their BCS (Big Captains Superstar) champion. The prize? An Ed O'Bannon signed ball, of course:
Suffice to say, minor league baseball is pretty much the best thing.