Just read this on YahooSports blog:
"On "FedEx Appreciation Night," the Memphis Tigers were granted NCAA permission to wear FedEx's colors (but not their logo) against SMU. Upon further review, though, and among a few complaints, Memphis decided to stick with the traditional blue and white.
The plan was scrapped because of both Memphis and FedEx, according to Gary Parrish at CBS Sports, "fearing a backlash both locally and nationally about an NCAA team blurring the lines between amateur sports and commercial revenue."
It seems that the line between amateur sports and commerical revenue is already blurred as it is. What do you make of this--smart move or unecessary?
The whole idea of FedEx Appreciation Night, just irks me. FedEx gets appreciated more in a single day than most get in a lifetime. Every time we ship a package that's appreciation, and FedEx doesn't need anything else. Further, look when the women's basketball teams want to change uniform colors and sport the pink to support breast cancer, I'm OK with it. Breast cancer is a good and just cause. Plus when men's teams do things for Coaches v. Cancer that' all well and fine. If FedEx was going to support a cause like that then fine, but instead call it "FedEx presents...". Bottom line corporations can sponsor any events they want, but for a team to have a whole appreciation night for that company is a bit much. Plus changing a team's colors to support a company is ridiculous. Support a cause or just shut up and play.
right on right on. Its bad enough these corporate ginats own the arenas many teams play at so why the more need for the more publicity. Does the school need the money that bad? Couldnt Fedex find a way to distirbute their money better in this recession than to a college basketball team.
I dont think it would have been that big of a deal. And maybe memphis does need the money. Plus how nasty would those jersey's have been. It would have great promotion for fedex and it would give memphis some money, Both sides win, whats the big deal.
Cherokee, the big deal is simple. By doing this Memphis and the NCAA as a whole would be sending mixed messages to the players. But that's nothing new. See if Memphis can take money from FedEx then why can't Tyreke Evans or any other player? Because they are amateur athletes? Well then the institutions should treat the situation as though they have amateur athletes. I mean why should the schools being getting rich if the players can't? Players leave college early for more money, but now while they have to be at college for a year, places like Memphis are going to use them for big corporation gains and yet the kids can't even get paid. It's just a double standard that seems terribly wrong to me. Plus, let the orange unis to 'Cuse.
Think about how bad it is considering how corporations run the professional leagues with money. The last thing we need is the college game being run by these huge corporate giants.