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SBD/September 23, 2013/Colleges
College Players Look For National Movement With In-Game Messages Against NCAA
Published September 23, 2013
OFF THE MARK? USA TODAY's Dan Wolken writes, "College athletes who feel they deserve a better deal have every right to make their feelings known." But the protest was "more confusing than impactful." Wolken wonders if "anyone would have even noticed 'APU' written in marker on a few pieces of equipment" if not for the accompanying press release from the NCPA, "much less known what it stands for." Wolken: "Furthermore, who or what exactly was being protested?" Instead of a "concise, targeted message that would have been front-and-center on a fairly dull college football Saturday, this was a half-measure relegated to sidelight status" (USA TODAY, 9/23). SI's Stewart Mandel writes if the APU movement were to "truly catch on -- either with mass numbers of players or higher-profile players -- it would add yet another thorn in NCAA president Mark Emmert's side." However, it is "unlikely to have any tangible immediate ramifications, especially given the project's vaguely stated mission" (SI.com, 9/23).