Critics pounce on NCAA webpage selling replica jerseys

08/07/2013 10:38 AM

08/07/2013 10:38 AM

Basketball analyst Jay Bilas loves college sports but is no friend of the NCAA, and that led Tuesday to a fascinating episode on Twitter that added a sidebar to the Johnny Manziel saga. Bilas posted on his Twitter account a snapshot of the website ShopNCAAsports.com, which was selling replica Texas A&M football jerseys with the No. 2. The site is affiliated with the NCAA, and includes the organization trademarked logo on the page. So, nothing to see here, right? All major sports leagues and organizations have online shopping sites. Except, the NCAA is defending itself in lawsuit filed on behalf of athletes who are demanding compensation from the NCAA, claiming their likeness is being sold on items like jerseys. The NCAA has insisted jerseys for sale and likenesses on video games are not connected to specific players. But Bilas typed in “Johnny Manziel” in the search box on the NCAA Shop page and the result was four different Texas A&M replica jerseys, uniform No. 2, which is Manziel’s. Bilas, an ESPN analyst, also searched the NCAA site for South Carolina All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and other current college football stars and was offered to purchase replica jerseys with their numbers as well. About an hour after Bilas’ tweets were posted Tuesday, the search function on the NCAA Shop website was removed, but Bilas and others on Twitter captured screen shots of their search results.

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