CHARLIE DIPIETRO AND KSAT 12 NEWS ON ALEX RODRIGUEZ SUSPENSION AND JOHNNY MANZIEL NCAA INVESTIGATION
A little over a year ago, Alex Rodriguez looked to be in reach of baseball's home run record. Today, he is greeted with more boos than cheers and is facing a 211 game suspension. Twelve other players are facing suspensions for their part in PED scandals.
Johnny Manziel has constantly been in the news, much more than any other Heisman Trophy winner. Most of the press he has received has been negative. But until now, it has done only moderate damage to his popularity and the demand for his memorabilia. However, recent allegations that he was paid $7500 to sign autographs has resulted in a new NCAA examination which threatens his eligibility.
Charlie DiPietro was asked by Charles Gonzales, KSAT 12 (ABC affiliate in San Antonio) news reporter, if all this negative news has had an effect on the sports memorabilia industry.