Do not let a crisis go to waste

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Posted by Big Ron on August 03, 20 at 15:09:26:

In Reply to: We will see whether this is widespread sentiment.. posted by cudevil on August 03, 20 at 09:07:56:

My post focused on the modern use of digital media to manipulate social commentary. We have seen this before. In 2014 Ramogi Huma started a one man organization, the National College Players Association (NCPA). Huma and Tim Waters, Director of the United Steelworkers Political Action Committee, recruited Northwestern QB Kain Colter to write a logo on his wrist ban. The USWU then placed the photos on social web sites to gain support and eventually backed a legal action to form a Northwestern University players union. Colter later talked about how the whole thing became a disaster. The players vote split down racial lines. The politics became a locker room distraction. Worse yet, the players felt they were still pawns, now being pulled in all directions by the school, the NCAA and the Union. So why should this be any different?

The one item missing from your pro sports COVID model is the fact that the millionaire pro players are backed by legal teams, agents, players unions with more lawyers and professional health experts. The pro players, by themselves, bring little to the table other than money.

Jon Wilmer wrote a good article on this issue. The gist of his story was that a bunch of young players will give thumbs up on a social network, but how will they act when they need to put skin in the game? Will the best pro prospects really opt out of their pro ball audition? Some have already stated they will play. And do these young kids realize that negations cut both ways? The Conference will not agree to terms with liabilities unless the players agree to strict rules of conduct and testing. And without professional staffs to support the players, what are these kids going to add to a medical review that has not already been assembled to assess the bests procedures and protocols for the players best interests? The schools already want these kids to stay healthy. Invite player comments? Absolutely. Cater to open-ended demands? Absolutely not.

The Pac-12’s coronavirus advisory board

(Information provided by the conference.)

* Cal

– Dr. John Swartzberg: Clinical Professor Emeritus, Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology

* Colorado

– Stephanie Chu: Team Physician; NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards/Medical Aspects of Sports

– Sourav Poddar: Chair of Pac-12 Brain Trauma Task Force; Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine; CU Athletics Team Physician and Medical Director

* Oregon

– Dr. Patrick Luedtke: Senior Public Health Officer

* Oregon State

– Chunhuei Chi: Director of the Center for Global Health

* Stanford

– Dr. Bonnie Maldonado: Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity; Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and of Health Research and Policy


– Daniel Uslan: Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, Division of Infectious Diseases; Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

– Annabelle De St. Maurice: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases; leads the Pediatric Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship Programs


– Dr. Michael Dube: Professor of Medicine; Associate Medical Director of the Rand Schrader AIDs Clinic; Interim Chief, Infectious Disease

* Utah

– Dr. Sankar Swaminathan: Infectious Diseases Division Chief

* Washington

– Dr. Jon Drezner: Director of the UW Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology; Team Physician for UW, Seattle Seahawks (NFL), and Reign FC (NWSL)

– Dr. Paul S Pottinger: Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases; Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program; Director, UWMC Antimocrobial Stewardship Program

Let’s face it. The health issues are window dressing. They are going to be addressed as best as possible by the schools and the PAC-12 front office. Then the unions and political groups will show up to get into the meat of the the demands regarding money and social programs. The kids will still be pawns.

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