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Florida State AD Alford tells ESPN’s Hale and Adelson he knows “how hard the commissioner and the office are working to provide solutions to the members of the conference to the revenue gap that we are projecting in the upcoming years to the media contracts. But at the end of the day, in order to compete to the standard we want to compete in, there needs to be a change, and the status quo is not good enough." Meanwhile, ACC Commissioner Phillips insists progress is being made. “Not everybody liked all of the discussion or agreed with everything said, but we left there agreeing to continue to put together options to consider as a league. We went from never discussing it to having subcommittees to help drive the conversation." However, Hale and Adelson observe: “Alford's comments were a warning to his colleagues that time is running out to change those fortunes, and several administrators privately offered a similar lament to Alford's public statements. Change isn't about appeasement. It's about survival.” (link)
Interesting nugget for the Hawai’i AD search: A new Aloha Stadium would cost less than $500M, according to Hawai’i Governor Green. Front Office Sports’ Christovich notes the project, “which could also include an entertainment district and private residences for the surrounding area, was previously estimated to cost $440M. It will include 35K seats — 15K less than the old stadium.” Green also explains the local government will have to agree on a blueprint for the project in the next month or so and says the fate of a potential housing complex could depend on “cooperation” from the U.S. military, which controls a significant amount of land in the state. The stadium is expected to be complete in time for the 2026 season. (link)
As for another AD search - Long Beach State - the D1.dossier for the Big West opening is now available. South Carolina State’s will be ready to rock by next Friday. (link)
Yahoo’s Wetzel observes that “Stuart Bell is president and (supposedly) in charge of the University of Alabama. Yet as a shooting, murder and controversy envelopes the basketball program, he’s got nothing to say. Bell has said nothing about anything. Alabama did send me this statement on behalf of the university though: ‘This is a tragic situation, and we continue to extend our deepest sympathies. … Based on all information the university has received, no current student-athletes are considered suspects, they are only cooperative witnesses. These facts have informed our decisions. This matter is being handled by the criminal justice system, and we will have no additional comment until it concludes.’” (link)
ESPN has talked with major sports leagues and media partners about launching a feature on ESPN.com that would link users directly to where a live sporting event is streaming, even if it’s being broadcast by a competitor, CNBC’s Sherman reports, noting that while there are no details regarding a timeline and actual media partners, it could involve streamers like Amazon and Apple as well as RSNs, “and would aim to make ESPN the TV guide of live sports.” In an initial consideration of the business model, ESPN would take a cut of subscription revenue from a user who signed up for a streaming service through the ESPN app or website. If a customer already subscribes to a given service, ESPN would collect no money and just provide the link as a courtesy. Sherman: “ESPN’s willingness to promote other streaming services suggests a strategic shift in the streaming wars. Disney is less focused on gaining streaming subscribers — and eyeballs — at all costs. Company executives have emphasized they want investors to prioritize revenue and profit rather than subscriber growth, a trend started by other media companies, including Netflix and Warner Bros. Discovery.” (link)
+ Texas Tech has appointed Senior Assoc. AD for Academic Excellence Brown-Campbell as Interim SWA. (link)
+ Cal has hired Boston College Asst. Director of Annual Giving Miller as Assoc. AD for Athletics Leadership Annual Giving. The Golden Bears identified & hired Miller via Collegiate Sports Connect. Miller: “If you’re in (or want to be in) college athletics and aren’t on Collegiate Sports Connect, get on it — read industry updates, learn about opportunities, and build your network!” (link)
+ Altius Sports Partners and Women Leaders in College Sports extend their partnership to focus on identifying and developing talent for ASP's on-campus NIL GM program. (link)
Coaches Wire: Hoops…
+ Minnesota WBB HC Whalen is “stepping aside” and will serve as Special Asst. to the AD through April 12, 2025. (link)
+ North Florida has parted ways with WBB HC Gibbs after eight seasons. (link)
+ Tarleton will hire a new WBB HC after parting ways with HC Wilson who went 146-114 in nine seasons. (link)
+ Add Bucknell AD Truax to the list of leaders who will be hiring a new hoops boss as MBB HC Davis will depart Lewisburg. (link)
Coaches Wire: Not Hoops…
+ Eastern Michigan taps Ashland (DII) Volleyball HC Foeman for the same position in Ypsilanti. (link)
+ NC State parts ways with Softball HC Patrick-Swift, effective immediately. (link)
+ New Mexico State Baseball HC Kirby has been let go. Kirby was in his fourth season. (link)
+ UCLA has received a “major commitment” from alumna Rothman to establish The R.C. Rothman UCLA Head Gymnastics Coach Endowment in support of the Gymnastics HC position. The position will now be known as The R.C. Rothman UCLA Head Gymnastics Coach in honor of the gift. (link)
During FY22, Indiana received a $150M gift from the IU Foundation to cover COVID-related shortfalls in several areas throughout the university. Of that $150M, approximately $38M was transferred to the athletic department, and Hoosiers AD Dolson remarks that “enabled us to basically stay afloat.” The department considered several options, but IU Treasurer Lukes points out the “costs were going to come back either to our students or, in athletics’ case, alumni and people who pay for tickets, or we would need to cut services to pay those funds back.” Instead, the gift allowed IU to cover its shortfall and eventually recover several revenue streams with “no student fees, no state tax appropriations,” according to Dolson. (link)
New on Connect: Xavier Assoc. AD for Development Breitenstein discusses the timeline, funding and other details of the Musketeers’ Cintas Center renovations, including how the department has engaged donors, the major initiatives the project entails, how it will compare to other facilities in the Big East, navigating the reseating process and more. (link)
With roughly 1,800 MBB student-athletes entering the transfer portal in each of the past two seasons, ESPN’s Borzello observes the “emphasis on signing impact freshmen has diminished. The numbers bear that out in convincing fashion. Of the top 100 recruits in the class of 2022, according to the Recruiting Services Consensus Index, only 17 are averaging double figures in scoring this season.” Meanwhile, 62 of the top 100 transfers as ranked by ESPN are scoring at least 10 PPG, and Borzello points out the lack of impact by freshman actually predates the one-time transfer waiver and can also be partially attributed to the increasing number of options for high school seniors, such as Overtime Elite and G League Ignite. “Essentially, if you're not getting a top-25 recruit, the better bet for an immediate impact in recent years is almost always a transfer. You might not find a lottery pick in the portal, but the floor is considerably higher.” Lots more. (link)
The WAC and Conference USA are developing a scheduling alliance for the next couple of years for MBB and WBB, per Stadium’s Goodman, who reports the matchups will be “success-based with the goal being to increase quality non-conference scheduling opportunities for both leagues.” (link)
The MEAC has launched The MEAC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) designed to assist its member institutions by providing grants in several areas, including scholarships, championship access, sports operations, facility improvements, salaries and more. The foundation is supported by charitable donations made during the Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic last month from actor Michael B. Jordan, Snickers and the Legacy Classic. Commissioner Stills: “To officially launch the MEAC Foundation and lay the groundwork for support for our league and our member institutions is the result of a lot of hard work and the first step in helping our schools access the support and the resources they need to continue growing and thriving.” (link)
Former Vanderbilt Assoc. Director of Development Epps, who now runs the Anchor Impact Fund collective, explains the fund was born out of donors asking how they could contribute to Commodores student-athletes’ NIL endeavors. “They asked the question about what Vanderbilt was doing in the NIL space. And at that time, we didn’t have any concrete plans around how we were going to utilize name, image and likeness for the good of student-athletes. They’re successful businesspeople in the community, as well as community leaders, and having a deep passion for charitable organizations, they did their due diligence on their own, sought legal counsel, engaged with the university and then brought it to me.” Epps declined to specify who is backing the fund but says it has raised $2.1M so far. Heitner Legal’s namesake points out that a school’s endowment is a good indicator of how much support a collective can expect, and with Vandy sitting atop the conference with a $10.9B endowment, he says the Dores are “in a prime position to benefit from NIL collective-related activity.” (link)
The ICON (Illinois for Charitable Opportunities and Networking) Collective is set to launch this week and will focus on targeting high-dollar donors and arranging contracts for Illinois student-athletes. The collective is the second Illini-focused NIL organization, and ICON CEO Knight says: “We continue to support and make sure that (the Illini Guardians) feel good about continuing their operations — they’ve built an awesome, robust grassroots subscription model. We really felt that there was a need for this kind of larger-level investment entity.” Knight also notes ICON will focus on connecting student-athletes only with charitable endeavors. (link)
+ FanDuel is now the co-exclusive sportsbook of MLB through a new deal, while MLS has named Ticketmaster as its official ticketing partner, SBJ’s King & Silverman report. (link)
+ FanDuel had a 50% market share in the U.S. during Q4 after reporting a 42% share in Q3, the company announced, adding that it brought in $3.2B in revenue on the year, a 67% YoY increase. It also said it acquired more than 1.2M U.S. bettors in 2023 despite scaling back its marketing spend. More from Action Network’s Rovell. (link)
+ The St. Louis Blues have added Live Activities to their app, through which the team can deliver live play-by-play updates to the lock screens of fans’ phones. (link)
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