There has been plenty of discussion recently about the idea that NCAA athletes deserve to be compensated. Many have proposed different ways to make this happen, including letting players profit off their likeness.
A couple of Iowa players are taking matters into their own hands. They have apparently commandeered an NCAA mat from their trip to the NCAA Tournament and are claiming they will hold it "hostage" if the organization doesn't change its policies.
Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon tweeted out a picture of the mat today, tagging teammate Nicholas Baer in the tweet. It was in response to a story by the Wall Street Journal about players taking commemorative mats with them.
"Give us the ability to make money off our own name and we’ll give you your rug back. You have 24 hours, @NCAA. @Nicholas_Baer," Bohannon wrote.
Of course the NCAA tries to crack down on players taking the mats. Why wouldn't it?
Hopefully Bohannon doesn't face any repercussions for doing this, because it really is a brilliant ploy.
It certainly can't hurt with drawing public interest for their cause.