Folks, it is right here.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) July 5, 2022
Word of the Day: Latent.
THE ALLIANCE, PT. II. The first “loose partnership” the Pac-12 agreed to resulted in a swift knife within the again courtesy of the Big Ten when it poached USC and UCLA. So the Pac-12’s response is to… join another loose partnership?
What would a “loose partnership” with the ACC appear to be? It might embrace a shared media rights take care of ESPN, who at present works with each entities. Also, it might outcome within the 10 remaining Pac-12 groups sticking collectively and the winner of that “10-team division” enjoying in an ACC vs. Pac-12 championship sport in Las Vegas on the finish of the season. Also, there may very well be some enticing regular-season crossover video games between the entities in soccer and males’s basketball.
“Geography aside,” Thompson instructed me Tuesday, “(the ACC) has significantly better TV markets than the Big 12.”
Hilarious as that is, it additionally sounds form of superior as a university soccer fan? I imply, if there’s something in any respect that is going to hold me within the Pac-12 and ACC within the midst of the Big Ten and the SEC merely claiming faculty soccer for themselves, it is a mixed convention title sport in Vegas on the finish of the yr.
Someone goes to be the primary staff in faculty soccer historical past to win two conferences in a single season, and that guidelines. I like the brand new faculty soccer.
THIS IS MY LAST RESORT. For any of you holding out hope that this wave of convention realignment could be the factor to lastly push Notre Dame into the Big Ten, do not maintain your breath.
You’ll be shocked to hear that it sounds just like the Irish have little interest in becoming a member of a convention mainly till college football as we know it ceases to exist.
A supply aware of the college’s pondering instructed Sports Illustrated that “independence remains the preference and the leader in the clubhouse.” It will take so much to transfer Notre Dame off its cherished id, however the instability of all the panorama stays a priority and might additional have an effect on the Irish outlook.
Two areas to monitor: the fates of each the College Football Playoff and the Atlantic Coast Conference. If one or each collapse, Notre Dame may very well be compelled into the Big Ten. Per its present contract, the playoff ceases to exist in January 2026. There is not any assure one other iteration of it would take its place, at any measurement. “The vast majority of the writing assumes a playoff, and that it’s going to get bigger,” says the business supply. “I’m not sure about that assumption.”
The most attention-grabbing factor right here to me is really that bit concerning the College Football Playoff, as a result of in some way, I hadn’t even thought-about how all of this absurdity goes to have an effect on the playoff.
I suppose if the playoff dies, the winner of the brand new Big Ten can play the winner of the brand new SEC for the title yearly. That sounds kinda lame, however realistically, it is what a playoff would most likely give us anyway.
THE BRAND IS STRONG. If you need to know why Ohio State continues to be interesting to recruits searching for that treasured NIL cash although the Buckeyes aren’t slinging round that NIL collective cash like different faculties, it is really fairly easy – the model.
Ohio State’s nationwide model and social attain completely dwarfs each different staff within the nation.
— SkullSparks (@SkullSparks) July 5, 2022
With that huge of an engaged fanbase, a star participant with the Buckeyes is at all times, at all times going to be value a hefty price ticket on the NIL market.
UCLA’S SAVIOR. The Big Ten might have simply saved UCLA’s athletic department.
The timing isn’t sure and the variety of groups that might have been affected isn’t recognized, however the Bruins had been headed towards an Olympic sports activities Armageddon with out the infusion of money that can accompany its departure from the Pac-12 Conference in 2024.
Now its 25 groups and greater than 700 athletes can exhale realizing that their futures have been secured, making these cross-country flights and frigid midwinter temperatures in Big Ten nation way more bearable.
“If you love Olympic sports, you should be a fan of this move,” UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond instructed The Times on Tuesday. “When your program is in significant debt, it’s difficult just to maintain, never mind to invest. This not only preserves the programs now — which was not a given — but also will allow us to invest in them. This move allows us to reimagine what UCLA athletics can be with more strategic investment and resources.”
Over the final three fiscal years, UCLA’s athletic division had run up a $102.8-million deficit that figured solely to worsen given the college’s sagging soccer attendance and paltry Pac-12 payouts that lagged behind its main convention counterparts. Now it’s conceivable that the Bruins might obtain $100 million from the Big Ten per yr if the expanded convention can snag the projected $1-billion media rights deal that’s set to start in 2024.
This is a giant motive why I’ve thought Stanford could be fascinated about following USC and UCLA to the Big Ten – that is one other completely huge athletic program that would actually use a money infusion to hold all of its 36 varsity sports activities.
SONG OF THE DAY. “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi.
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