Monday, February 18, 2002
NCAA denies Bloom's petition
PARK CITY, Utah -- The NCAA will not allow freestyle skier
Jeremy Bloom to accept skiing-related endorsements if he chooses to
play football at Colorado next season.
Bloom put off football last season so he could compete in the
Olympics. He finished ninth in the moguls competition.
He petitioned the NCAA to allow him to receive money from ski
endorsements while he played football. He argued that since
freestyle skiing wasn't an NCAA sport, there wasn't a conflict.
NCAA rules prohibit a player from endorsing any products based
on their "athletics ability."
The NCAA denied his petition Friday. Bloom now must decide if he
wants to play football and give up the endorsements, or stay in
skiing and keep them.
If he chooses football, he won't be able to receive any benefits
from sponsors, including skis or goggles, once he enrolls at
Colorado and reports to camp.
"I am very disappointed in their decision," Bloom said.
"While I might not be able to help myself, by shedding light on
the injustice of the NCAA rules and decision, I hope to be able to
improve the conditions for the next Jeremy Bloom that comes