Like most big news stories that break, there is the initial blast. Then come the following angles that media outlets choose to highlight according to their interests.
If the story, as they say, “has legs,” then they’ll keep it going with more follow-ups and horn blowing and attacking the easy targets. Usually, media owners and managers will direct how the story is covered, telling reporters where to go, who to talk to. Often, it will lead away from what really matters about the story and simply take the audience into a dog and pony show to drum up viewers’ emotions and keep them glued breathlessly to their media so they are perpetually staring into their smartphones.
This is the model whether it is CNN or Fox or The New York Times. The model is the same; it’s just skewed toward their different audiences.
Here’s the story you missed about the FBI crackdown on college basketball. It could only be found in some smaller, local news outlets. And it’s important because it undercuts the fundamental structure of how the college sports machine is governed.
The University of Alabama fired a basketball administrator by the name of Kobie Baker.
Why is this important?
Because just 2 years ago Kobie Baker had a very good job with NCAA Headquarters as part of their rules enforcement department. He was put in charge of monitoring college programs to make sure they stuck by the rules set down by the NCAA.
He quit the NCAA for a position in Alabama’s basketball program. Many eyebrows were raised when this happened but not many called it out.
It was a Golden Parachute move. Not unlike when a US Congressman retires to become a money-grubbing lobbyist working for the people he previously had power over.
Well, for former NCAA dude Kobie Baker it didn’t last long.
Money grubbing sucker.
Seems – according to FBI transcripts – that Kobie Baker took $5 grand to steer one of the Alabama basketball players to some sleezy “financial advisor” who would, theoretically, make the kid rich when he hit the NBA.
Hmmm…seems Mssr. Baker, based on his prior employment history, would know this is certainly breaking the rules.
So much for trying to plead ignorance if and when he ever hits the court. (No, not the basketball court. The judicial kind of court.)
And $5000? That’s tip money for Nick Saban’s barber.
It’s a petty, creepy, criminal world out there. Especially when the people who are supposed to be enforcing the rules are the ones breaking them.
Is that what America has become?
When the NCAA that is supposed to be in charge of keeping the entire multi-billion dollar university sports industry clean is full of employees who cheat and are incompetent and even lie under oath (see NCAA Head Emmert’s testimony in Ed O’Bannon case) then it’s no wonder we need the FBI to come in to clean this mess up.
Thank goodness the Feds are doing something right.
Got a different opinion? We’ll be glad to answer and shoot it down like a leaky balloon.