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AAC Commissioner Aresco releases a statement in which he takes exception with the Power 5 being “virtually the exclusive focus in college athletics.” Aresco calls the notion “profoundly misguided,” adding: “As it now stands, in terms of competitiveness, the gap between the number two and three conferences is far greater than between the number three conference and The American. There are P5 conferences that have lost the marquee teams which gave them that status in the first place and whose value today is much harder to define. There are P5 conferences that have added multiple teams from The American and other conferences among this group that have discussed adding schools from our conference. If the P5 label means that you are vastly different, why is this so? … It is troubling to see media-manufactured labels, confirmed by college sports leadership, which do not reflect the reality of college sports going forward. This creates a divide at five that should not exist and creates harmful effects. Documents have recently come to light that describe a P5 legislative initiative around NIL that has not been shared with the wider membership. This is not a healthy approach, as such an initiative should be a collaborative effort among the wider Division I membership, including all FBS conferences. These five conferences do not speak for all of college athletics. The Power Five and Group of Five labels should be discarded and confined to a closed chapter of collegiate history.” Full statement. (link)
As Big 12 Commissioner Yormark “continues to pursue the Pac-12’s Four Corners schools,” CBS’ Dodd reports the weekly talks have “heated up,” adding: “It may only take one of the Four Corners schools to bolt from the Pac-12 for the other three to follow, Big 12 sources say.” Kansas MBB HC Self has a preference for which one he’d like to see jump first, saying of Arizona: “That, to me, is the one we have to get.” Kansas State HC Tang adds: “I've always thought the Arizona schools, Colorado and Utah are a natural fit for us.” Dodd also reports that “three high-ranking industry sources in the last week told CBS Sports they believe Yormark is going to be successful in luring at least some combination of Four Corners schools. Some went farther speculating the Pac-12 was a couple of weeks away from dissolving.” As far as all this relates to the future of Oregon and Washington, Dodd reports there are “indications at least one Big Ten media rights holder won't engage in expansion talks until [Commissioner] Warren officially leaves the conference for the Chicago Bears on April 17. That could create an awkward transition for the Pac-12 schools if they have eyes on the Big Ten.” (link)
“After listening to the concerns of Iowans,” Iowa will reimburse the state’s general fund for the $2M it will spend on the recently settled racial discrimination lawsuit brought by former Hawkeyes FB student-athletes, according to President Wilson. Sports Illustrated’s Johnson explains the school has footed the bill in settlements for previous lawsuits, but “this time, the board of regents was named as a party in the suit, and they asked for public money to cover nearly half of the bill.” Iowa State Auditor Sand, who was the lone dissenting vote and an outspoken critic of using taxpayer funds to pay for the settlement: “President Wilson: Thank you for listening. This is doing right by Iowa taxpayers. U of I athletics department: Please fix your issues and mail a copy of the check to my office.” (link)
ESPN MBB analyst Vitale says he declined an offer from CBS to work this year’s NCAA tournament due to his loyalty to ESPN. I was flattered when [CBS Sports Chair] Sean [McManus] asked, but I’m 83 now and I want to end my career with just ESPN on my résumé. What they did for me this last year has been amazing. They’ve treated me like royalty. It’s been 44 years just with them, and I just want to have ESPN on my résumé.” Vitale also noted that attempts by CBS to have him call March Madness games in the past were blocked by ESPN management, but current ESPN President Pitaro greenlit the plan this year. (link)
On3’s Prisbell observes the NCAA will award “more than $170M this year for teams’ success in the men’s tournament while awarding zero dollars for the success in the women’s tourney. Why has nothing changed?” Knight Commission CEO Perko adds: “More than 500 days have now passed since the NCAA’s own commissioned report (conducted by law firm Kaplan Hecker & Fink) told it it needed to change, and yet there has been no change. The NCAA has to change its revenue-distribution formula because it is inconsistent with its constitutional principle. This is an area that the new administration, with Charlie Baker as president, should prioritize, and one that the NCAA can act on.” Perko also points out the NCAA should want to show “that it is operating in a way that is consistent with its constitutional principles and in gender-equitable ways” as it asks Congress to address NIL and antitrust issues. Perko calls it a “difficult ask” after a report it commissioned said it was not in compliance with its own gender-equity principle. (link)
Wake Forest AD Currie shares his thoughts on some ACC ADs calling for unequal revenue distributions, telling the Triad Business Journal: “What we have talked about is what we can continue to do to strengthen our league, and that's what we need to do.” That said, Currie points out the Demon Deacons have reached seven straight bowl games while enjoying success in several other sports, including baseball, tennis and soccer. "If you equated total revenue with success, then Wake Forest wouldn't have the second-longest bowl streak in the conference. So the amount of money you spend does not deliver guaranteed results." Furthermore, Currie notes the university has invested $140M in FB facilities in recent years, adding: “I think all of our conference brethren have invested in different ways.” (link)
The “single-sport WAC-ASUN football conference has an uphill climb ahead with little support in the NCAA governance structure at the moment,” per Fox Sports/Connect’s Fischer, who adds: “D1 Board will discuss next month but unlikely to act until this summer at the earliest.” (link)
+ Brown names Harvard Asst. AD for Special Projects Green as Senior Assoc. AD/Chief of Staff. (link)
+ AVCA Executive Director DeBoer announces her retirement, effective June 30. (link)
+ Cal has parted ways with MBB HC Fox, CBS’ Rothstein reports. (link)
+ Georgia Southern and MBB HC Burg have parted ways, per Stadium’s Goodman. (link)
+ UNC Asheville taps Columbia International (NAIA) Volleyball HC Haver for the same role. (link)
NCAA National Coordinator of Football Officials Shaw calls proposed rules changes to shorten games a “measured approach” which fans might not even notice in games. On3’s Maisel, though, points out that what remains to be seen are the unintended consequences. By adopting the 40-second/25-second play clock rule and by no longer stopping the clock on an out-of-bounds play until the final two minutes of a half in 2008, for example, AFCA Executive Director Berry points out that coaches responded by implementing more no-huddle offenses, “which created other problems in terms of substitutions and all of those other kinds of things for defensive coaches. It created more problems than it helped solve. … I would suggest if they had gone to [leaving the clock running after] incomplete passes – our coaches said this – all of a sudden you’d see a faster pace, more of a turbo mode.” (link)
ESPN’s Clark wonders why there aren’t more women’s hockey programs in college, and Colorado College AD Irvine explains that one obstacle is the lack of opponents in the western U.S., as Bemidji State is currently the westernmost program. Therefore, every road game would require a flight. Irvine also explains: "It is not as simple as institutions deciding they will add [a women's hockey program] because they have a male equivalent program. You go back to the history here, it makes sense why we have those two sports. The other piece for us is we are on a small campus with 2,100 students and a 12% admission rate." USA Hockey Manager of Girls Player Development Wright, meanwhile, explains the sport is growing at the grassroots level, but “at the end of the day, there is a dollar component to creating college hockey programs. But how do we convince everyone it's not the chicken or the egg? The visibility is going to be there. People do watch it. If it exists, they are going to go." To Wright’s point, more than 31K of the 87,971 women registered hockey players across the country are aged 11-18 – not including the hockey-rich state of Minnesota. More from Clark. (link)
+ Florida State announces that FB HC Norvell and his wife are making a $1M donation to FSU athletics, according to USA Today’s Wolken. (link)
+ Elon raised over $579K during its 10th Annual Day of Giving. (link)
+ North Florida raised over $135,800 during its annual Blue & Gray Bash. (link)
New Mexico State expands its relationship with Teamworks by adding the Elite solution and will launch the New Mexico State Local Exchange in partnership with INFLCR. (link)
Roughly half of Georgia’s ~500 student-athletes have inked NIL deals so far this school year, according to the Athens Banner-Herald’s Weiszer, who notes a total of 353 Bulldog athletes have profited from their NIL since July 1, 2021. Weiszer also reports UGA student-athletes inked a total of 22 NIL deals worth $50K or more since the start of NIL, and 400 have been reached that were worth between $1,000-$49,999. Another 335 were less than $1K each. A total of 552 had no agreed upon value, meaning they were based on royalties, in-kind or per endorsement percentages. FB student-athletes accounted for 776 NIL deals, which equates to about 60% of the total deals signed by Georgia athletes. MBB was second with 109 deals, and soccer was third with 101. Also from Weiszer: “Few used an NIL marketplace such as Opendorse or Icon Source with only 27 of 419 in the first year and 17 of 132 in the second. … NIL activity from July 1, 2022 to Jan. 26, 2023 with 701 disclosures already outpaces the 608 from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.” More data. (link)
Fox CEO Murdoch says the company is focused on live news and live sports. “That's where audiences are pivoting to and advertisers are pivoting to. … We are not chasing subscribers, but we are chasing advertisers.” Murdoch goes on to note the company doesn't think moving sports to SVOD is a good strategy. “Entertainment content hasn't been enough” to drive streaming, so companies are putting sports into the package. “The value for us is to keep those sports exclusive to our broadcast signal, partners and affiliates.” (link)
Disney is still considering what’s next for Hulu, according to CEO Iger, who says the platform is strong but features “undifferentiated” entertainment content compared to what he sees as the highly differentiated content on Disney+. “What we’re doing right now — because we own two-thirds of Hulu, and we have an agreement with Comcast that may result in us owning 100% — is we’re really studying the business very, very carefully, all those competitive dynamics with an understanding that we have a good platform in Hulu. … It’s already proven to be valuable for [advertisers] and advertising is proven to be valuable for us. But the environment is very, very tricky right now and before we make any big decisions about our level of investment, our commitment to that business, we want to understand where it could go.” Talking about streaming more broadly, Iger observes there are “six or seven, you know, basically well-funded, aggressive streaming businesses out there all seeking the same subscribers, in many cases competing for the same content. Not everybody’s going to win.” (link)
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