Shawn Miller, Tennis, Basketball discussed on Bloomberg Business of Sports
Evan Williams. Over the next hour. We got me saying we ask out stepped out for a second over the next hour. We will explore the big money issues in the world of sports and talk to some of the biggest players in the industry. Evan. You know, Scott is a busy guy that we love him dearly. So he's gonna come back later on. He's going to be here for the interview has been a talk with San Francisco, forty nine President, Al Guido, he'll be back for that interview. But he stepped up for a second. So we'll hand women just the two of us. Awesome. Looking forward to. First, let's get into this week's topics, and let's start with some unfortunate news involving on Wildcats basketball. Coach Shawn Miller. According to reports, he paid ten grand per month to de'andre eight. Yeah. It's this trial has caused basketball FBI trial continues this week in New York City, and I know we're harping on this. But to me, it's kind of a perfect encapsulation of where college sports the NCAA where they all exist right now. A couple of months ago a year ago, in fact, last February there came out reports that that Shawn Miller was paying de'andre Eytan. Right. He vehemently denied it. The school stood by him. He's still employed now over the course of this trial. We've had multiple different recordings in which people have said Shawn Miller was paying de'andre heating, including most recently this week one of his former assistants book Richardson's. So this is beyond just Christian Dawkins the agent who the aspiring agent this is one of Shawn Miller zone assistance on a wiretap talking about the ten thousand dollars per month that Shawn Miller was paying de'andre eight. And it makes it begs the question. What point does air Zona step in here? Right. It's becoming less and less plausible that everyone around. This thing is lying about his involvement in that. He's the only one telling the truth. It really makes you wonder what more Arizona needs before they step in this wiretap is from almost two years ago. Yes, this is a while ago. Go down eight and play just one year at Arizona them was the number one overall pick in the NBA draft, and Sean is again, not the only coach involved here. Right. Will Wade the head coach at LSU was suspended for LSU's run through the NCAA tournament. He was reinstated recently because he has repeatedly denied any involvement in paying players. He is also, you know, his name comes up on these wiretaps as well as someone who is who had direct knowledge of payers players being paid. There was a good column in Yahoo recently about how you look at this trial, which is essentially exposing the ugly underbelly of college basketball. I hate to sound like Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. Schools, but. All of a sudden there's gambling going on in the show. So I just wanted to really quickly. How much do you think the schools new about this? Yeah. I mean, I it seems clear to me that you know, assistant coaches, obviously. And also head coaches were complicit in what is a problem that goes a lot deeper. I think than just the schools that we have known here. But again, it really makes you in this in these trials the schools are the victims, you know, and it becomes harder and harder to accept the fact that that the schools are the victims, the more, you understand that the people some of the highest paid or even in some cases, the highest paid employee at those schools has a hand in in in orchestrating at all another Downer of a story just been Hamill. Stop. He was with the AT. And now it looks like he is going to step down. Yeah. So this comes a week after he pled no contest to felony battery charges from a pretty brutal, violent assault. Last halloween. He beat up a man his ex wife's friend in front of his pregnant, wife and his kids. It's not the first time that Justin has kind of run into some sort of some violent accusations. But for people out there who don't know he's a former professional tennis player, he's not a huge name. But he's very influential in the tennis world. He was one of three player representatives on the board. He manages Lindsay Davenport. He's a, you know, a coach advisor to ATP player. John is ner. He has a production company called without limits. That is still under contract with the ATP and USDA to create content for them. So he is an influential figure within the tennis world. He's also a tennis channel commentator one thing. I thought was interesting Michael we heard players speak out. I think for one of the first times, he the tennis world doesn't have a union. Oftentimes, it's rare to have players speaking out on issues like this moving on now to an another happy topic major league baseball, and the attendance is down. And I this one I do not understand. When was the last baseball game? You went to well. Now, see I was in Detroit. But I wanted to see the Tigers play but just to go out to the park spent a long time. Yeah. So you are a rarity right now. Just just a USA today. Ran the numbers, and I'll give one to highlight at the San Francisco Giants one of the best teams in baseball over the past decade or so there averaging seventeen percent fewer fans at games in March and April this year versus last year. We we've talked a bit on this show about this accusation that a lot fewer and fewer teams are trying to win than they have in the. Past. Well, if you look at the numbers right now, there may be something born out that fans are not as excited about a lot of these teams as maybe they have been in years past up next on the show. Oh, look who's coming back. Just in time. Scott tonight, we will speak to the San Francisco forty Niners president Alfredo about selling tickets bands in the XFL markets. There's no question in some of the markets one might argue that their saturated, and so we have to do a really good job thinking about our value proposition that straight ahead on Bloomberg business of sports. You can follow me on Twitter at big bar sports, and you can follow me at Novi underscore Williams..