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Bloom gets TV time at Vail’s Freeskiing Open

Tom Boyd

Bloom, Moseley get television face time at Vail’s Freeskiing OpenSub: CU player says he wants to pave the way for financial freedom for NCAA athletesBy Tom BoydJeremy Bloom says he loves football, but the question is how much?Right now his decision to play for the University of Colorado Buffaloes is costing Bloom big money, sometimes thousands of dollars a day, because the NCAA doesn’t allow its athletes to make a profit from sponsorships, endorsements, paraphernalia sales, television appearances, contest winnings or appearance fees.”I’m losing so much money every day,” he says. “I don’t even like to think about it.”On Nov. 16, 2002, Bloom was mobbed by a crowd of hundreds after the Buff’s victory over Iowa State, a moment Bloom called one of the best of his life.The fact of the matter is, freestyle ski fans have never charged the finish corral and carried a winner around on their shoulders. The glory simply isn’t there. But the way things are going, Bloom will be forced to forsake his football career, trade glory for cash, and pursue freestyle skiing and all the sponsorship dollars that come with it.”Can I even afford to play football next year?” he asks. “Is there a way to secure my financial future? I would have a hard time not taking that (money).”TV = TeleVailIt’s just another week in the life of Bloom as the skier/receiver/punt returner tries out a new profession: television host at the U.S. Freeskiing Open Feb. 6-9 here in Vail.After picking up gold and silver medals at the Freestyle World Championships in Deer Valley, Utah, Feb. 1-2, Bloom hits the Steamboat World Cup freestyle competition Feb. 8.But Bloom loves freeskiing in all its forms, and he’s coming to Vail to host College Television Network’s Freeskiing Open coverage on the night of Feb. 8.College Television Network is owned by deep-pocketed MTV, but Bloom will have to say no to the cash that his buddy Johnny Moseley will be making doing the same thing on the same night.A spokeswoman from MTV wouldn’t say how much money Bloom would normally be making during a television shoot. She also said the programming for this event has yet to be scheduled.Fight the NCAA powerBloom is taking legal action against the NCAA in an effort to find a way to play football and still make money from ski racing.Bloom’s lawsuit against the NCAA is pending appeal. A judge previously ruled in favor of the NCAA, and Bloom says he is seeking a waiver from the Colorado Supreme Court to take his case straight to the U.S Supreme Court.His legal efforts may be the first serious chance athletes have of repealing NCAA rules that don’t allow players to cash in on their collegiate sports fame, particularly in unrelated professional sports.Bloom is serious about getting the NCAA to change its policies, and he’s hoping to break trail for a new generation of collegiate players that he says are getting the short end of the stick.”My goal is to get it to the Supreme Court level,” he says. “I would love to help change NCAA policy on behalf of other players. Being involved in college athletics, and seeing what little opportunity and money you’re able to have even if you’re on a full ride if you’re family doesn’t have money it’s difficult to go home for the holidays and it’s difficult to pay rent. I don’t know if I’ll be able to change that, but if I can it’s something I’d be happy to do.”Bloom’s Website,, is receiving about a quarter million hits per month. The home page shows a photo of Bloom on skis in mid-air, crossed up and in perfect form, catching a football with his CU receiver gloves on.Break-out boxThis weekend’s freestyle and freeskiing action is pretty hectic, but since Bloom seems able to deal with both the Steamboat freestyle World Cup and the FREEZE magazine U.S. Freeskiing Open, we think we can handle it, too.Here’s the schedule for both events:Wednesday, Feb. 5, 20039:00a.m.-4:00p.m. – Lift Ticket vouchers available at the Wreck Room9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. – On-course practice12:00p.m.-4:00p.m. – Athlete and press registration at the Wreck Room6:30p.m. – Athlete meeting at the Host HotelThursday, Feburary 6, 2003 – SLOPESTYLE8:30a.m.-4:00p.m. – Athlete and press registration at the Wreck Room10:00a.m-3:00p.m. – Slopestyle qualifying at Golden Peak6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. – Athlete reception – location TBD (free beer and food with credential, all ages, must be 21 to drink)9:00p.m. – close – Event Pre-party – location TBDFriday, Feburary 7, 2003 – SLOPESTYLE8:30a.m.-4:00p.m. – Athlete and press registration at the Wreck Room9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. – Slopestyle semi-finals and finals at Golden Peak2:00p.m.-2:30p.m. – Slopestyle awards ceremony at base of the slopestyle course10:00p.m. – close – Friday night party, Entertainment and location TBDSaturday, Feburary 8, 2003 – SAAB/SALOMON CROSSMAX RACE // REDBULL BIG AIR8:30a.m.-12:00p.m. – Athlete and press registration at the Wreck Room9:30a.m.-10:00a.m. – Saab/Salomon Crossmax Race meeting at start of course10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. – Saab/Salomon Crossmax Race practice and prelims at Golden Peak2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. – Saab/Salomon Crossmax Race finals at Golden Peak3:00p.m.-3:30p.m. – Saab/Salomon Crossmax Race awards ceremony at base of Saab/Salomon Crossmax Race course4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. – Redbull Big Air practice at Golden Peak6:00p.m.-7:30p.m. – Redbull Big Air finals7:30p.m. – Fireworks at Golden Peak immediately following Redbull Big Air finals10:00p.m. – close – Saturday night party, Entertainment and location TBDSunday, Feburary 9, 2003 – SUPERPIPE8:30a.m.-11:00a.m. – Athlete and press registration at the Wreck Room9:30a.m-10:00a.m. – Halfpipe meeting at base of Golden Peak Halfpipe8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. – Halfpipe registration at the Wreck Room10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. – Halfpipe qualifying at Golden Peak Halfpipe2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. – Halfpipe finals3:00p.m. – 3:30p.m. – Halfpipe awards ceremony at base of Halfpipe8:00am – 5:00pm Women’s Aerials Warm Up9:20am – 10:05am Women’s Aerials Qualifications – 1 JumpMoguls TrainingMen’s Aerials Warm UpMen’s Aerials Qualifications – 1 JumpFinalist’s Warm UpFinalist’s Showcase in finishWomen’s and Men’s Aerials FinalWomen’s and Men’s AwardsTeam Captain MeetingSynchro Aerial Training 8:30am – 9:15am10:00am – 1:00pm10:15am – 11:30pm11:40am – 12:25pm12:30pm – 12:50pm1:00pm1:15pm3:30pm5:00pm7:00 – 9:00pmRace Office OpenThunderhead – Board RoomPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooSteamboat Base AreaThunderheadHowelsen HillSaturdayFebruary 8MOGULS COMPETITION 8:00am – 5:00pm8:30am – 8:40am8:40am – 9:40am9:50am – 10:00am10:00am – 11:50pm12:00pm – 12:30pm1:00pm1:20pm – 2:15pm1:00pm – 3:00pm3:30pm7:00pm – 8:30pmRace Office OpenMoguls InspectionMoguls warm UpMogul ForerunnersMen’s and Women’s Mogul QualifierMoguls Finalist Warm UpMogul Athlete ShowcaseMogul FinalsSynchro TrainingMogul AwardsNature Valley Synchro Exhibition Thunderhead – Board RoomPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooPark Smalley FS Complex – VoodooHowelsen HillSteamboat Base AreaHowelsen Hill

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