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The Athletic’s Auerbach, Mandel, Olson and Vannini report on the latest developments regarding the Pac-12’s media rights and expansion talks. “Three people with knowledge of the discussions said [Commissioner] Kliavkoff is struggling to find partners willing to pay close to what the league is seeking. Two of those sources said Kliavkoff overpromised his members on how many bidders there would be and what dollar amount they could command — a target north of $40M per school, according to one league athletic director. Today, it’s uncertain whether the Pac-12 will even be able to exceed the $31.6M average the Big 12 reportedly landed in a six-year extension with ESPN and Fox it reached last fall.” Meanwhile, rather than drafting off the Big Ten’s windfall, Mandel, et al. point out the Pac-12 may have been undercut by the Big 12, with one administrator saying: “It’s tough when your neighbor across the street sells his house for a low price.” With SMU and San Diego State reportedly in the Pac-12’s crosshairs, Mandel and co. report the Big 12 continues to eye Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State and Utah. Beyond that, Big Ten Commissioner Warren’s departure leaves Washington and Oregon in a tough position as they try to gauge that league’s future plans. “The longer the Pac-12’s hunt for an acceptable TV deal drags on and stirs doubts about the conference’s financial future, the easier it becomes for Yormark to make his pitch to those schools.” (link)
USA Today’s Berkowitz: “SEC's total revenue for FY22: $802M, down from $833.4M in FY21, when it got signing bonus for its TV contract with ESPN. Per-school distributions for FY22: $49.9M, down about $4.7M per school from FY21. … Most of the decline in the SEC’s 2022 revenue and distributions can be attributed to each school having received a $4M share of a signing bonus that the conference got when it signed a new football TV deal with ESPN in December 2020, which put that money into the fiscal 2021 cycle.” Commissioner Sankey earned $3.7M, up $735K from what was reported in 2020, marking the first time he has earned over $3M and bringing his pay more in line with other Power 5 commissioners. (link, link)
The CAA has signed a comprehensive media rights agreement with CBS Sports and FloSports. According to the terms of the four-year extension with CBS Sports, the CBS Sports Network will televise at least 20 CAA regular-season MBB games in addition to the semifinals and finals of the CAA MBB Championship and the title game of the CAA WBB Championship. The new agreement with CBS Sports also includes the possibility of additional regular-season games in men’s and women’s basketball based on schedule availability. Furthermore, the new “eight-figure agreement with FloSports is the most lucrative media rights deal in league history and will see over 1,200 games air annually, including the majority of conference championships.” That agreement runs through the 2026-27 season. (link)
Sports Illustrated’s Forde chronicles Pittsburgh’s success under AD Lyke, noting that upon her arrival in 2017, the Panthers had won just one ACC championship since joining the league in 2013. Now, Forde observes, “Pitt athletics, once one of the weakest links in the well-rounded ACC and all of the Power 5 conferences, has become a broad-based success story… Through the 2022–23 fall sports season [in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings], the Panthers currently are tied for sixth in the nation. Pitt’s 302 points accrued (based on NCAA postseason competition results and rankings) in just fall sports are the most the program has ever scored for an entire academic year combined.” Forde credits Pittsburgh’s ascendance as a product of Lyke’s “combination of seemingly conflicting characteristics: aggressiveness and patience. She came to the city school ready to overhaul a lot of things, but also prepared to play the long game in other areas.” Lyke says there was “apathy” when she arrived, and the first step was reigniting the passion internally. “We had to invest in people. I wanted to find coaches who had courage and confidence. They’ve got to have an internal confidence that, yeah, I can do this.’” More from Forde. (link)
Kansas AD Goff during a Twitter Spaces conversation with the Kansas City Star explained that while renovation plans are in the works, the Jayhawks will continue playing its FB games at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. “You have to navigate whole aspects with procurement of material, of the construction process. In our case…I’m not interested in picking up and moving this football team and football program to a different site to play a season or seasons, so to speak. I think it’s really disruptive to the guys and it gets really disruptive to the building of Kansas football. So for us, that means where we are going to have to sequence the construction. We are going to have to find a way to play through it.” (link)
Memphis brought in nearly $62.2M in revenue during FY22, including $10.3M from FB and MBB, down from $12.7M the Tigers earned in FY20. The Commercial-Appeal’s Barnes notes that while the overall revenue figure is the largest in the athletic department’s history, it was supplemented by $4.7M in direct institutional support to pay the remaining buyout for former MBB HC Smith. MBB had an average turnstile attendance count of 6,483 in 21-22, less than half the announced attendance of 13,685, which reflects tickets sold, donated or given away. The turnstile attendance is down considerably from 2018-19 when the Tigers reported an average turnstile attendance of 8,813. Also, support staff payments increased from $6.5M in 2020-21 to $7.8M in 2021-22. (link)
+ Penn State has promoted Assoc. AD for Strategic Communications Petersen to Senior Assoc. AD for Communications and Content. (link)
+ Texas has given Interim MBB HC Terry a raise from $500K to $1.2M. Longhorns AD Del Conte: “He's doing the duties of a head coach, and we chose to adjust his salary as he leads our program the rest of the year.” (link)
+ Davidson selects Bucknell Assoc. HC Piechnick as the Wildcats’ new Women’s Soccer HC. (link)
Two Ohio State-focused collectives announce a merger, according to On3’s Nakos. The consolidation concerns The Foundation and The O Foundation, and The Foundation Co-Founder Jones tells Nakos: “We’re in this for the same reasons. Why not come together and use all our resources for the common goal we’re trying to attack and help players in the world of name, image and likeness. … I don’t know how it’s going to look on paper. But, you know, we’re just going to continue to bring our resources together to one brand, one entity, to help people understand and answer some of the questions they may have when it comes to collectives.” Jones goes on to say he still doesn’t expect much support from OSU: “Our focus cannot continue to be on beating a dead horse. I honestly doubt it. They’re clear what their stance on name, image and likeness is and when it comes to collectives. Even though they say certain things publicly, they have yet to really have actions behind any of those public statements that make one thing that they support collectives.” (link)
The Georgia Tech-focused Tech Way collective has so far raised $1M, according to Student-Athlete NIL Founder/CEO Belzer, who says it’s early, “but I would say that Georgia Tech is in as good a position, operationally, as any collective in the country and every one that we operate.” Belzer also says it’s likely that every football player and MBB student-athlete will have a deal by the end of the year. Looking forward, Belzer expects that the major contributions received to this point are one-time payments to get the collective started and won’t be a revenue stream to tap in the future. “The reality is that in every collective, it’s pretty much like this. Most of the money is driven through donors. It’s probably 80/20 is the best way to think about it. And the long-term goal is to create a more sustainable model by having that 80/20 flip to the 80% being members and businesses versus just donors.” (link)
Nevada AD Rempke in an email to fans says the Wolf Pack will not be able to fix the issues with the overhead scoreboard at the Lawlor Events Center this season. The scoreboard has not displayed players’ stats all year, and Rempke explains: “In addressing the issue at hand, we found that our multiple software products have failed in their ability to translate the file data properly. The only solution is a long-term, significant capital investment. We are committed to solving these technical challenges over the next several months in preparation for next season.” (link)
Connecticut Governor Lamont is expected to include in his state budget proposal an estimated $160M cut to Connecticut’s FY24 funding followed by an estimated $200M cut to UConn’s FY25 funding, according to UConn President Maric. In response, Maric says the Huskies may pull out of the current deal with the XL Center in Hartford, explaining that the existing dynamic with the XL Center benefits local businesses, but the costs associated with this relationship would not be prioritized over academic quality. “We play at the XL Center, and we pay to play there, so the money that we generate there doesn’t go to us and athletics, it goes to Connecticut… When I go and talk to owners of the restaurants, hotels and the parking lots, they say that [their] business only spikes when UConn is playing in Hartford, and that’s when they generate revenue. So, I was telling the governor, if there is a cut that I have to do, I’m not going to put the cuts on academic quality, I will do the cuts and make the decision to pull out of the XL.” UConn spokesperson Reitz adds that UConn spent approximately $4M competing in the XL Center and Pratt & Whitney Stadium: “UConn also does not receive concession proceeds and other forms of income available to most of its competitors. The University would generate millions in estimated additional revenue if UConn basketball, hockey, and football competed under the structure more typical of its competitor institutions.” (link)
Longtime MBB official Valentine, who has worked 10 Final Fours and four national title games in his career, will not be allowed to officiate the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season due to an issue that occurred during the 2021 NCAA Tournament when the event was held in Indianapolis in a bubble, according to Stadium’s Goodman, who explains that “Valentine, John Higgins, Roger Ayers, John Gaffney, Kipp Kissinger and Ray Natili all went to Harry & Izzy’s steakhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Upon their return to the hotel, they took COVID-19 tests and one of the referees tested positive. Due to the fact that they ate together and weren’t wearing masks, the Indiana Department of Health deemed them unable to work in the NCAA Tournament. … [Valentine] will be eligible for the 2024 NCAA Tournament, provided he meets the NCAA officiating eligibility requirements stated during the regional officiating clinics.” (link)
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