With much celebration and hoopla, YouWager’s college football wagering fans saw Johnny Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback, win the Heisman Trophy last season. His nickname, Johnny Football, is already a registered trademark. Unfortunately, things have not gone smoothly –or quietly- for the college superstar since the spotlight hit him. Arrests, and public incidents with intoxicated friends quickly made headlines. Some sportsbook bettors wondered about the quarterback’s drinking. Manziel maintained he was just a 20-year-old kid in college trying to lead a normal life.
But now, according to a YouWager news source, the NCAA is investigating Manziel. Witnesses say he accepted a flat fee for signing photos and memorabilia. Manziel allegedly received a five-figure sum. Anonymous sources claim they witnessed the signings in January of 2013. Insiders say it appears there were a very high number of signings.
Manziel could face suspension or ineligibility if found guilty. Under the same rule that governs such actions, when the NCAA learned Ohio State players exchanged memorabilia for tattoos and gifts, they were suspended for 5 games. This could have a major impact on the 2013 college football betting season. When Manziel’s team, the Aggies, host Alabama, the reigning national champions, on September 14th, it could be one of the most anticipated matchups of the year. It could be. Without Manziel in the picture, however, there might be a lot more talk about the kind of contest it could have been.
Fortunately, unlike Ohio State, the Texas A&M football program is not under any sort of sanction yet unless the investigation proves a coach or the school knew about the deal. Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel knew his players were dealing memorabilia and it cost him his job, plus a bowl game, at the end of the 2012 college football betting season.
The investigation raises many questions for YouWager’s dedicated college football wagering enthusiasts- why, would a young man, from a wealthy family, risk ruining such a promising career, in college football. If it was merely a dumb decision, then maybe Manziel is right- he is just a 20 year-old college student, trying to have a normal life (and survive a few immature decisions).
Also, is it wrong, really, to sell your own name?
And when does your name not belong to you? The Olympics allowed Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps to sell shoes and sandwiches. The NCAA rule could be challenged in court, and it might not hold up.
Money may ultimately be a determining factor, to settle the issue for all colleges. Texas A&M makes much more in memorabilia these days because of Johnny Football. According to YouWager’s source, the school’s income from sports and sports items now make additional millions, due to the surge in popularity the football program has enjoyed with its recent success.