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NCAA SVP of Basketball Gavitt sits down with D1.ticker/Connect’s Fischer to discuss the state of the sport, including upcoming media negotiations, NIL, the transfer portal, tournament expansion and lots more in a comprehensive conversation. Gavitt says conversations about expansion will occur during the spring and summer. “As I’ve mentioned before, there is some history here that should be taken into consideration. Just in my decade at the NCAA there hasn’t really been much consideration at all given to expanding the championship. And there hasn’t been much interest actually from the current broadcast partners. All that being said, we’re in a time of dynamic change, and the committees will give the recommendation its due. But 90, 96, that’s a pretty big leap from where we are today.” Gavitt also notes that in terms of opening the media rights agreement back up, expansion likely doesn’t lead to that. “We have a really solid agreement in place through ‘32… but what that means in terms of the value equation and the rights associated with it would be something to be determined.” As far as media negotiations for other championship sports go, Gavitt notes some sports could be singled out for their own deals or paired with other sports to be sold as bundles and tells Fischer the negotiating process with ESPN will likely begin this summer. Don’t miss the full conversation only on Connect. (link)
SEC Commissioner Sankey talks with OutKick’s Wallace about a number of topics, including one underreported component of the SEC’s media deal with ESPN: the ability to plan out a schedule well in advance. Sankey: “In football, because we’ll be aligned with one set of networks, our kickoff times can be identified in great majority during the summertime, particularly the early kicks. There’ll be some flex games within a Saturday… but we won’t have these wait until 12 days and you find out the game I want to attend is going to be at 11 AM central.” Sankey notes that ability was central to the league’s decision-making process during negotiations. Full interview. (link)
JohnCanzano.com’s namesake reports the Big 12 has had “multiple conversations” with Fresno State, while the Pac-12 has had limited contact with the Bulldogs. On Pac-12 expansion candidates, Canzano states “the expansion decision will be driven by media value,” identifying San Diego State and SMU, given their respective markets, and Rice, given the Houston market, and UNLV, which has “fewer than 1 million TV households in Las Vegas, but the Pac-12 may covet the market’s sponsorship dollars.” On reports of CBS/Turner being out of the Pac-12 media rights race, a source tells Canzano: “I don’t know that CBS and Turner were ever actually in.” (link); As the Pac-12 media rights negotiations continue, FOS’ McCarthy reports Amazon is “holding out for the best game matchups and best financial terms.” (link); Speaking of leveraging negotiations, The Mercury News’ Wilner comments on the potential impact of Pac-12 Networks President Shuken and Pac-12 CFO Willman: “... in the weeks since we reported the news that Comcast had overpaid the Pac-12 Networks by approximately $50 million over the course of a decade, it has become clear the issue carried a psychological effect. It could have empowered potential partners to take a more circumspect stance. An embarrassment of that nature — and it was a whopper — inherently shifts leverage during negotiations.” Wilner also sets the odds of expansion at 50% for no expansion, 40% for adding two schools and 10% for adding four. (link)
+ UMass will recommend UIC Interim Chancellor Reyes to become the next chancellor at UMass Amherst. (link)
+ Arkansas-Pine Bluff Chancellor Alexander is one of three finalists for the presidential opening at Stockton (DIII). (link)
+ Austin Peay promotes Asst. AD for Compliance Patterson to Assoc. AD and Asst. AD for Administration/Chief of Staff Smith to Senior Assoc. AD. (link)
+ Auburn names AAC Senior Director of Compliance and Academics Greene as its new Senior Assoc. AD for Administration. (link)
+ The Sugar Bowl has appointed Lake Lawn Metairie Cemeteries Senior Funeral Director/Market Ambassador Briede as its president for the 2023-24 season. (link)
Penn State President Bendapudi is in favor of a multi-phase renovation for Beaver Stadium, noting such a plan would be “far more economical than a new build.” While a renovation plan is not yet finalized, The Athletic’s Snyder reports no tuition or education dollars will be used. An extra note from Snyder: “Next month marks 6 years since PSU first released the facility plan, which was the 20-year road map for athletics.” (link)
NC A&T’s recently-released Master Plan includes a new convocation center, which will serve as the home for Aggies basketball, a new football practice field, a varsity soccer field and renovations to War Memorial Coliseum. The 5K-seat Corbett Sports Center and historic Moore Gymnasium would be demolished. (link)
Attendance at Syracuse MBB games is at a 20-year low so far this season, per Syracuse.com’s Waters, who reports the Orange are averaging 17,977 per game through 15 home contests. “That is tickets sold, not fans through turnstiles. The last time Syracuse saw attendance figures that low was in the 2001-02 season. That year, the average attendance for SU men’s basketball games was 17,023. The 2002 figure included two games in the postseason NIT.” AD Wildhack adds some context, saying: “You always want attendance to be strong, to be up or flat. We are down a little bit. At the same time, I think, how many schools play Division I basketball? I think there’s 348 that would gladly take our average attendance.’’ After finishing first or second in attendance every year since 2009, the Orange are currently fifth behind Kentucky (19,780), North Carolina (19,603), Arkansas (19,020) and Tennessee (18,749). (link)
+ Richmond MBB HC Mooney will miss the remainder of the season as he will have an aneurysm removed from his aorta. AC Thomas will serve as Interim HC. (link)
+ Boston U. Women’s Ice Hockey HC Durocher will hang up his skates at the end of the season, after leading the Terriers for the entirety of its varsity history. (link)
+ Northeastern names Assoc. HC Spuehler as the Huskies’ next Field Hockey HC. (link)
+ We offer our most heartfelt sympathies to the Omaha community following the passing of Men’s Hockey AC Jerrard after a lengthy battle with cancer. (link)
The NIL Network has launched its new NIL Verified Network to ensure transparency and fairness within the NIL landscape. Inaugural members include NOCAP Sports, Hawker Family Sports & Entertainment, NextFan, FanWord, Campus Ink and Vantage Sports, among others. NIL Network Founder Meyer: “All of these initial businesses have stood out to me over the past few years as being innovative, collaborative, and most importantly, hyper-focused on the athlete experience. They immediately recognized the importance of a network like this and have been so patient as we’ve worked through the business vetting process and standards.” Business of College Sports’ Lopez explains that the “approval process involves the collection of information about a business’ registration, employees, business practices and compliance with NIL laws, NCAA interim policies and institutional policies” along with a review of the service provider’s terms. (link)
A bill introduced by Oklahoma state Senators McCortney and Jett would allow school foundations to facilitate NIL deals with student-athletes at Oklahoma schools, much like The 12th Man+ Fund recently launched by Texas A&M. Oklahoma State Assoc. Professor Holden explains: “The bill prohibits the school’s employees – officers or directors – from compensating athletes or arranging compensation. But the catch-all is ‘unless permitted by the institutional policy or state law.’ This effectively, in my view, gives schools the ability to change the policy and say, ‘Hey, everyone else is arranging these deals. Why aren’t we?’ That catch-all is the money line. … This [bill] does not appear to have a ton of opposition, as it effectively allows schools to do what other schools in other states are doing.” McCortney: “I would like for us to take control of this and not give it to the NCAA. It protects student-athletes within the state of Oklahoma, and it protects our universities.” (link)
More NIL Today…
+ Boise State-aligned The Horseshoe Collective received a $200K donation from local businessman Russell. (link)
+ UC Irvine has launched the Anteater Marketplace with the help of Opendorse. (link)
USF is the latest to team up with RealResponse. Bulls AD Kelly: "The number one priority at USF is to create an unparalleled experience for our student-athletes. This unparalleled experience starts with continuous communication and we are excited to partner with RealResponse to provide another tool that our student-athletes can use to share their experiences with our leadership.” (link)
Kansas’ FRS report showed the Jayhawks ending FY22 with a $9.3M surplus, while KU’s report to the Board of Trustees which details operations “strictly on a cash basis” showed a surplus of around $1M. YoY, operating revenue increased $25.5M while operating expenses rose by $14.5M Ticket sales shot up to nearly $18M, with MBB accounting for over $13M and FB bringing in more than $3.5M. (link)
College endowment returns fell from an average of 30.6% in FY21 to -8% in FY22, according to the latest report from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), which also found that “colleges increased their endowment spending, with dollars increasingly flowing toward institutional operating budgets, largely focused on student financial aid.” According to the report, “all endowment size cohorts posted negative returns,” though the largest endowments—those with assets upward of $1B —averaged returns of -4.5%. By contrast, those in the smallest cohort, with less than $25M in assets, saw average returns of -11.5%. Harvard’s endowment remains the nation’s largest at $49.4B, followed by the Texas system ($42.6B), Yale ($41.3B), Stanford ($36.3B) and Princeton ($35.8B). (link)
+ Kentucky will sell alcohol at Baseball and Softball games, as part of a pilot program. (link)
+ This is pretty cool, check out a video from the ice at Carter-Finley Stadium ahead of tomorrow night’s Stadium Series matchup between the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals. (link)
+ A replica 2013 NCAA championship banner has been hung outside Metro Hall in Louisville ahead of the Cardinals’ 10-year anniversary celebration Saturday. (link)
+ U.S. sports gambling revenue grew from $4.3B in 2021 to a record $7.5B in 2022. (link)
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