Mark Emmert is about to testify. He won't be speaking to sports fans, reporters or Twitter. It's all about convincing one person: the judge.— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) June 19, 2014
There's been a lot of merriment from the Twitter community -- self included -- over some of the statements made by witnesses in the O'Bannon case. But it's worth keeping in mind that the lawsuit isn't playing out in the court of public opinion, and however absurd the statements might sound or not sound to us, it doesn't really matter. The only person who has to believe or not believe something is the judge; if she buys or doesn't buy what's being said, she'll rule accordingly. (And that will lay some of the groundwork for when the case is heard on appeal.) What's better for one side legally is often not what sounds best in the public arena.