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July 18, 2013

Mroziak: Random notes during an All-Star Break

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Niagara Gazette — • So the NCAA, which is being sued for a share of the multi-millions of dollars earned by allowing the rights to logos and names in EA Sports video games, has decided in the meantime to get out of that business and will not renew its deal with EA Sports. 

Too little, too late, NCAA. Pandora’s piggy bank is already broken and if you aren’t moving ahead with allowing your name and likeness to appear on the video game, the conferences are likely more than ready to fill that gap. 

That what happens when you’ve long since allowed college football to become what is simply a free minor league for the NFL. 

Meantime, diehard boosters will continue selling the notion that sports bring a lot of money into the colleges. Tell that to the parents and students who see tuitions continue to increase each year.

• This is the time of year when football diehards are openly counting down to the start of NFL training camps. Radio talk show hosts have already been discussing the forthcoming opening of Bills training camp in Rochester. Some of my peers on Facebook have posted images on their accounts that, using NFL players’ jersey numbers for reference, are counting down daily to the start of the new season. 

I’m not in such a hurry. Don’t get me wrong, I love the game and will welcome the new season when it’s here and, of course, our department will be spending some time preparing not just for the Bills but more importantly the local high school teams. 

It’s just that the arrival of football season means the summer is winding down. After a wet start in June, why not just try to enjoy the summer for a while? 

Follow Niagara Gazette Sports Editor Michael Mroziak on Twitter at MrozGazette.

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