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Missouri’s Evan Boehm downplays significance of ruling against NCAA in Ed O’Bannon case
08/09/2014 7:30 PM
08/09/2014 7:30 PM
Missouri junior center Evan Boehm was aware of the federal judge’s ruling Friday in the Ed O’Bannon case, which essentially said that the NCAA can’t limit payments for the use of college football and basketball players’ names, images and likenesses.
He also didn’t seem all that interested in discussing it.
“We come out here and we play football,” said Boehm, a Lee’s Summit West graduate. “We really don’t worry about if we get money or not.”
That’s probably the sentiment of a lot of college athletes.
After all, the decisions about who gets what and how much from ever-increasing college athletics revenues, which are fueled by massive broadcast contracts, go well above Boehm’s pay grade.
Would he turn down a little extra money? Not on your life, but — refreshingly — he doesn’t feel like he’s entitled to anything.
As Boehm points out, he and the rest of the Missouri football players do have it pretty good.
“You’d always want a little extra money in your pocket, but, if not, that’s fine,” Boehm said. “We still get our school paid for. We get meals for free now. We’re coming out here and we’re working for it. It’s a job now, but we’re also getting a paycheck for housing and for gas and for food on the side. It’s not too big of a deal right now for us.”
That is especially true 21 days from the Tigers’ 2014 season opener against South Dakota State at Memorial Stadium.
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