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(Opposing Views)   OKC Thunder fan may lose his $20,000 half-court shot prize because he plays college basketball   (opposingviews.com) divider line 18
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981 clicks; posted to Sports » on 27 Nov 2013 at 7:52 PM (42 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-11-27 08:10:22 PM
I came into this thinking this was yet another case of contest insurance underwriters being dicks, but it turns out in this story there are reasonable people all around.
It's against NAIA rules for this guy to "make money off athletic ability", but the NAIA seems to be willing to hear the case instead of just slamming the door in his face.

Even if the NAIA won't let him keep it, the bank issuing the prize will donate the winnings to a charity of his choice.
 
2013-11-27 08:31:19 PM
NAIA? Keep the money.
 
2013-11-27 09:08:36 PM
Hats off to Mr. Rodriguez for doing the right thing and hopefully the NAIA will actually show some level of thought and at worst allow MidFirst to put the $$ in a CD in his name to be available when he stops playing college ball.
 
2013-11-27 09:14:57 PM
Scholarship is worth $4300/year. Check is more than 4x that.

But I prevent myself from being in situations like this by not applying for contests that I can't accept prizes from.
 
2013-11-27 09:15:12 PM
Reality: OKC Thunder fan may lose his $4,300 college basketball scholarship because he won a $20,000 half-court shot prize
 
2013-11-27 09:15:39 PM
Couldn't the bank turn it into a scholarship and give it to him if it only went to college costs?
 
2013-11-27 09:23:41 PM
I'm actually kinda curious.. how would this have played out if this was an NCAA school?
 
2013-11-27 09:47:03 PM
I feel this is kind of bullshiat as even for the pros making a half court shot is more a gamble than skill.
 
2013-11-27 10:48:19 PM
At least the bank is going to the right thing and donate the money if he can't have it instead of keeping it on a 'technicality'...
 
2013-11-27 11:47:29 PM

jpo2269: Hats off to Mr. Rodriguez for doing the right thing and hopefully the NAIA will actually show some level of thought and at worst allow MidFirst to put the $$ in a CD in his name to be available when he stops playing college ball.


This is the most reasonable solution I have heard about this yet. This school is SMALL. They will get an attendance boost at home games from Rodriguez's notoriety, and his realistic chances of going pro are slim to none.

In all honesty, did his college hoops training give him an advantage over any other Joe who plays pick-up games in the park? No. You chuck the ball at the backboard and hope your aim was good. This is not a play that comes up during practice or scrimmage.

He did something that most others (except for 2 or 3 others this season - go figure) could not, so he deserves to benefit from it. CDs are yielding what, 2% tops (for 5 yrs)?

He did the right thing by not trying to hide it, so do right by the kid. This is just another example of how collegiate athletics screw their participants, a vast majority of which never make it to the pros. These students are just looking for a way to cut down the ridiculous costs of attending an institution that is mandatory if you wish to get anywhere in the world.
 
2013-11-27 11:50:11 PM

scathing1: Reality: OKC Thunder fan may lose his $4,300 college basketball scholarship because he won a $20,000 half-court shot prize


This. Guy should tell the lesser NCAA to fark off, considering the sum acquired versus "awarded".
 
2013-11-27 11:52:19 PM

The Bestest: I'm actually kinda curious.. how would this have played out if this was an NCAA school?


The story I read is that the NCAA doesn't care about randomly selected contestants, so he would have been fine and would have been able to keep the money.
 
2013-11-27 11:57:58 PM
Couldn't read the article because of crap blocking that article. Did I miss anything?
 
2013-11-28 12:32:59 AM

EJ25T: In all honesty, did his college hoops training give him an advantage over any other Joe who plays pick-up games in the park? No. You chuck the ball at the backboard and hope your aim was good. This is not a play that comes up during practice or scrimmage.


Yeah, how could throwing the ball at the basket over and over every day for years possibly help in a competition where you're throwing a ball at a basket?

/go visit practices and hang out before and after...they definitely practice those shots (for their own amusement)
//that's like saying playing quarterback for years wouldn't help someone throw a football through a tire for a competition
 
2013-11-28 01:30:44 AM

The Bestest: I'm actually kinda curious.. how would this have played out if this was an NCAA school?


They would have investigated where he got the tickets, and if that was an impermissible benefit.  If he played for a big school, they would have immediately cleared him as long as he had a straight shot to the NBA; anyone else, they would have taken two months to decide to revoke his eligibility whether he got the tickets illegally or not.
 
2013-11-28 05:32:57 AM
So everybody is cool with the fact that this kid cannot make money off his athletic ability or his name but it's totes cool for the school, the league and the NAIA to make bank off his athletic ability and his name?
Okay. Just wondering.
 
2013-11-28 06:59:55 AM
If the kid can't keep the money, I bet he has a shot to get a job at this bank. I had never heard of mid first bank before all of this and this is the third or dorth time this week. Seems like the owner of the team has a stake at the bank or something. Good all the way around.
 
2013-11-28 10:02:45 PM
Being a Thunder fan was his first mistake.
 
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