Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's not that good to be Chris Rainey today

Before Florida's last critical SEC game, the championship with Alabama, they had to deal with a key player getting arrested for doing something stupid after Monday's practice. That didn't work out so well, so Chris Rainey apparently wanted to give them a chance to handle dealing with the scenario a second time. The Gator wide receiver was arrested for aggravated stalking, and has apparently admitted to sending the woman in question a text saying "time to die". Florida needs Rainey against Tennessee a lot less than they needed Carlos Dunlap against Alabama, but this still can't be anything but a huge distraction. Rainey's never had arrest issues before that I know of, so if nothing comes out indicating he's been violent with a woman he may survive with a suspension. Otherwise, I suspect this is the end of his Gainesville run.

The National Football Post reports the NFLPA is expecting a report on the NCAA agent investigation to reach them within the next week. The report adds that "several agents, runners, and financial advisors" will be named in the document. This may mean we're closer to getting a final answer on the consequences for all the players potentially tied into this mess. The NFLPA can and will discipline the guys who have ties with the league already, but there's nothing they can do to punish the uncertified ones who are trying to buy a player or two to begin their agent career.

Season ticket sales have become an issue for lots of teams that have never had them before, both college and pro. Darren Rovell of CNBC explores the reasons why, and it's really not that hard if you pay attention to what's been going on. People are tighter with their finances than ever, plus TV technology has improved to the point watching at home can give you a vastly superior view to being there. You don't have to deal with traffic and five dollar sodas, either. Every college football fan I know with season tickets is stuck paying for at least two dog games per season like Presbyterian at Clemson. By not spending all the money for booster contributions and tickets to those games, you can easily have enough to scalp for every other game on the schedule with room left over. Unless you're obsessive about being in the same seats every game, what is the point of having season tickets now?

The loathsome Jay Mariotti will be charged with seven misdemeanor counts, including four of domestic violence, as a result of the episode which led to his arrest a few weeks ago. This will put Mariotti on the shelf until there's either a plea deal (career suicide) or his legal proceedings conclude without any convictions. Somehow Mariotti's avoided his mugshot being released, which is a minor miracle since every prominent sports blogger in the country has been trying to get it. As I noted, Jay has the right not to be judged before his trial but the decision to charge him this way strikes me as unlikely if the prosecutors did not feel they had solid evidence.

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