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Early bird registration is now open for the 2nd Annual INFLCR NIL Summit, which will be hosted June 3-5, 2023, at the College Football Hall Of Fame. This year's Summit will include 500 student-athletes from around the nation, who will descend on Atlanta to share ideas and collaborate alongside the transformative brands and organizations shaping the future of college sports. To be eligible for early-bird registration, an institution must have had at least one student-athlete delegate or administrator attend the inaugural NIL Summit. Early bird registration closes on Friday, February 17, 2023.
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SBJ’s Madkour profiles incoming NCAA President Baker to get a sense of what to expect when he officially takes over and observes: “Charlie Baker is a no-nonsense doer who recruits talented people, loves the ‘how’ of policy as much as the ‘why,’ and leans in on the ‘gnarly stuff’ of problem solving. It’s based around his operating philosophy: ‘People are Policy — Follow the Facts — Focus on How — Push for Results.’” Madkour, who read Baker’s book, Results: Getting Beyond Politics To Get Important Work Done, and also spent time with Baker via Zoom last month, also points out that in hiring, “Baker looks for people who aren’t ‘interested in making things just 5% better but dramatically better.’ He wants ‘no jerks,’ but ‘strong personalities, commanding presence, and smart as hell — check a big YES on all three. But no loudmouths, know-it-alls and over-the-top arrogance.’” More. (link)
College Football Playoff Executive Director Hancock says today was a normal CFP game day board meeting, per The Athletic’s Auerbach, who reports: “Group touched base on every aspect of CFP. Some initial planning for expansion in ‘24 & ‘25 but no major decisions yet. … Hancock confirmed, again, that the CFP is expanding to 12 teams — six highest-ranked champions and six at-larges — for the new contract that begins in 2026.” Also from Hancock regarding the new CFP contract: “We’ll start talking about ‘26 when the time is right.” (link)
Colorado AD George joins the Canzano & Wilner podcast to discuss the hiring of Coach Prime and says he actually spoke “very little” with Sanders throughout the process beyond a lengthy first phone call in which George outlined the opportunities and challenges associated with the job. “At that point I didn’t know if he was interested or not, but I was very candid about where we were at with some of the stuff out there about not being able to get transfers in, and we didn’t have a great collective, and you’ve got to talk about the good and the bad. And I think it’s important that you lay that out because you don’t want him to come in without knowing the total scope of this.” George goes on to note FB social media followers have more than doubled since Sanders came aboard and notably: “We’re gonna sell out our season tickets, we’ve got sponsors now that are coming to the table that want to be involved and engaged, our merchandise was up 600+% in the month of December, and we didn’t hire him until the fourth. … We’ll grow our ticket revenue maybe 100% in one year. That’s the kind of impact that he’s having financially… at the early stages.” On conference realignment, George says: “I don’t know why you would want to go join a conference where there’s 16 to 18 when you could be in a conference of 10 to 12. Your opportunity, particularly when the six top-rated conferences have automatic bids and the four get byes, why would you leave?” Full interview. (link)
Maryland AD Evans enumerates the ways Terps fans can support student-athletes via NIL. Evans highlights the Maryland NIL Marketplace, how to purchase personalized gear through Fanatics and the various collectives supporting the Terrapins. “As you know, this new NIL era has significantly changed the landscape of intercollegiate athletics. … We hope that you get involved because this is so crucial as we move forward in this new landscape.” (link); UMD has also launched a website breaking down how fans can contribute. (link)
Temple AD Johnson encourages fans to support student-athletes’ NIL endeavors via the Temple Owl Exchange or TUFF Fund, writing: “Whether through the Owl Club, season tickets to football, men's and women's basketball, or NIL activities through the Temple Owl Exchange or TUFF Fund, there are many different ways to help support Temple Athletics and our student-athletes. … With your help, we remain steadfast in our goals: providing our student-athletes with great experiences while helping them to grow holistically, graduating with a Temple degree, and competing for championships.” (link)
+ Collegiate Sports Associates promotes VP/COO Drew Turner to President, succeeding CSA Founder Todd Turner, who will assume the role of Chairman. Outgoing President Turner: “Drew grew up in and has now worked in this dynamic enterprise for over a decade, learning and knowing the value of what good leadership can mean to a team, athletic department, or university. He has proven to be a successful, experienced leader and a fierce competitor, yet a true teammate dedicated to serving CSA’s university partners and the enterprise of college athletics. He has earned this opportunity demonstrating a level of professionalism and leadership that will serve CSA and our many university partners for years to come.” (link)
+ Holy Cross has named Boston College Senior Assoc. AD of Athletics Business Operations Coleman as Senior Assoc. AD. (link)
+ Creighton taps Penn State Assoc. AD for Compliance Stolberg for the same role. (link)
+ Louisiana Tech taps Utah Valley Assoc. AD for Student-Athlete Academic Services, Diversity & Inclusion Glass as Assoc. AD for Student-Athlete Success Services. (link)
+ LEARFIELD promotes Texas A&M Ventures Director of Business Development Book to GM. (link)
+ North Carolina Volleyball HC Sagula calls it a career after 33 seasons leading the Tar Heels. (link)
+ Tulane FB HC Fritz announces he’s agreed to an extension through 2030, per FootballScoop. (link)
+ Grambling FB HC Jackson stands in front of a Maybach and several Louis Vuitton bags for an Instagram Reel with the caption: “The Maybach of the SWAC. Coach Prime recently exclaimed: ‘I’m bringing my luggage with me.’ Well, ours is here and it’s the best. Just ask ‘LV.’ Our players and coaches have brought their skills and their determination and will arrive to every workout, practice, and game in a style that will set the standard in SWAC football.” (link)
Deals, Deals, Deals…
+ Army West Point is Collegiate Sports Connect’s newest institutional partner. Connect Co-Founder/President Turner: “Not only does Connect give you the opportunity to control your professional profile and present yourself to prospective employers how you want, but by joining the Connect community you will also have access to exclusive industry-specific content created by the D1.ticker and to breakout rooms where users can connect with colleagues to discuss ideas and best practices. Our goal is to have every Division 1 institution as a search client by 2023. My message to our industry and the professionals who work in it is to sign up for a profile and take advantage of this wonderful resource.” (link)
+ Furman inks a multiyear agreement with Taymar Sales U. (link)
+ Western Kentucky through CLC partners with West Sixth Brewing Co. to launch the 1906 Lager, which will be made exclusively for WKU. (link)
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+ The Sun Belt has made its presence known in Los Angeles via massive digital signage. (link)
+ ESPN will air its newest “This is SportsCenter” ad during tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship. The spot will feature the Delta State (DII) “Fighting Okra,” which is just objectively one of the greatest nicknames – unofficial, though it may be – in college athletics, along with SportsCenter anchors Duncan and Negandhi. (link)
SBJ catches up with several sports execs to hear their ideas on how to improve sports and sports business, and LEARFIELD CRO Brody asserts it’s time to end convoluted blackout rules, saying: “Let us watch the games we want to watch – stream away. It’s how we live.” Brody also submits: “Signage is valuable and will stay that way. Let’s all be more innovative about it; fans understand brands help fuel the engine. Employ technology and work to embed partners inside content wherever possible. … Wagering is cool and endemic for fans. We need to make it consistent, accessible, and easier. … I love cams, it feels so inside the game — PylonCam, UmpireCam — more cams everywhere.” Daktronics VP of Live Events Parker calls for increased use of LED lights to create more immersive in-venue experiences. “New construction and renovations provide the perfect opportunity to design high-resolution LED signage into these out-of-the-bowl spaces in a non-intrusive way that complements the experience and the architecture.” Meanwhile, Wells Fargo Championship Tournament Director Sobba believes college football games should be shortened to three hours or less by identifying areas where the clock doesn’t need to be stopped and shortening timeouts. “15-20 minutes of dead-ball commercial inventory have been added to game logs in the last 10 years to increase rights fees. Find a way to convert these to ‘play-through’ breaks so while action continues in the stadium, fans at home see the action while a commercial airs. This may require a renegotiation with radio rights holders who will lose commercial inventory, but both colleges and rights holders prospered previously with fewer commercials.” Lots more. (link)
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