Jimmy Sexton nods approvingly, says to himself, “my work is done here”.
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Brian Cook pointed me towards this New York Times wankfest of Jim Delany’s business acumen that I somehow had missed. Again, Delany always seems to come across to me as a college football version of Jed Clampett, but I’m also fascinated by what everyone now sees as his primary mission.
James Duderstadt, who was president at Michigan from 1988 to 1996, said he worried that the needs of the network had superseded the mission of higher education. “Jim’s role in this is that he is responsible for the Big Ten Network,” he said. “The danger is that the presidents have not challenged that it decouples from the longstanding academic relationships and could destroy something of great value.”
Even the new kid on the block knows which way the winds blow these days.
As Mr. Delany negotiates new subscription rates for the Big Ten Network, Ms. Hermann, the athletic director at Rutgers, knows her objective. “We have to make our contribution to the Big Ten,” she said, “and get cable companies to pay for the Big Ten Network out here.”
Delany is unapologetic about this, and why shouldn’t he be? It’s what the people paying him to do a job want.
While tuition at schools in the Big Ten and around the country has grown, most athletic department budgets remain separate from central administration. The influx in cash goes mostly to cover stadium improvements, new training facilities and rising salaries for coaches. In many states, coaches are now the highest-paid state employees. Mr. Delany made nearly $3 million in 2011.
“The hypocrisy is that money that’s generated makes a few people very, very rich,” Mr. Duderstadt said. “Athletic directors, coaches, assistant coaches, commissioners, too. But institutions are not winning and student-athletes get very little.”
Mr. Delany counters that those TV revenues paid for athletic scholarships worth $150 million last year in the Big Ten. Others question the value of scholarships for big-time football and basketball players, considering that the graduation rate for football players is 58 percent, and for basketball players, 47 percent; many also argue that these athletes should be paid, in light of the huge revenue they generate.
Too bad players don’t have a say in hiring conference commissioners. You might hear something other than odes to amateurism being sung by those enriching themselves under the current arrangement.
It’s a great world. Players can’t make a nickel off their names or likenesses, but coaches and schools can seemingly trademark anything they can think of for a buck.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has trademarked his name and has a deal with Clemson’s licensing program to sell merchandise that bears his name. Ohio State is in the process of trademarking coach Urban Meyer’s name and the phrase “Urban Meyer Knows.”
I wonder if Corrine Brown has trademarked “Corch” yet.
All I know is this one’s mine. Keep your hands off, Tim.
Grab that knife and fork and go, folks.
- I’m sorry, but if you’re a Georgia fan who can’t appreciate morale talk from Gator coaches, there’s something wrong with you.
- Slow, but steady, signs of statistical improvement from Georgia’s defense.
- The Carl Pelini firing story sounds like it’s about to turn ugly.
- The Code of Quayvon.
- Non-defensive points given up by SEC teams in 2013 – it’s as ugly as you’d expect.
- Is this what a Nick Saban kiss of death sounds like?
- Coaches’ buyouts and the IRS.
- I always like to hear talk like this from Georgia athletes: “To graduate from Georgia, a lot of doors open up for careers and job wise, so you’ve got to think life after football,” Mauger said.
- Non-football, but very cool: 23 newly discovered photographs of The Rolling Stones, all apparently taken during their 1965 tour through Georgia and Florida.
Arizona State just lost its athletic director to the deeper pocketed University of Texas and its president is wondering where he goes from here.
“I am looking for people committed to the model that we’re trying to advance,” he said. “Obviously there are other models. There are models of $6 million football coaches. Maybe that’ll soon be $10 million. For me, I don’t think that’s the way for college sports to go, but at the same time I’ve got to keep the team on track, and have to keep the positions filled in a very, very rough and tumble market.
“If the only path to athletic success is the same path as professional teams — more and more money like the Yankees model — then where does that leave us in college sports?”
Judging from what the NFL has pulled off, it should leave you making plans to go lobby Congress. An antitrust exemption would come in mighty handy about now. Added bonus: even the
losers reformers think that’s the way to go. Socialism, for the win!
Is Jimmy Sexton the Nick Saban of coaches’ agents, or is Nick Saban the Jimmy Sexton of agents’ coaches?
Dig in, peeps.
- Injury report: Gurley practiced, Matthews is a full go, Lynch’s ribs hurt and no Conley.
- Malcolm Mitchell starts a trend, as a Kentucky receiver goes down with an ACL injury incurred while celebrating.
- This whole piece is based on a faulty premise. Everyone knows Florida didn’t start playing football until 1990.
- News of more recent vintage: the Gators may wind up finishing unranked for the third time in four years. Ouch.
- It’s not so much that I question the data here – honestly, I have no idea if TAMU is fudging the numbers or not – it’s that I’m more than a little surprised that the school is pushing a story like that.
- If I gave out a commenter of the year award at GTP, it would have to go to one of the guys who pimped Aaron Murray’s bad QBR.
- Justin Scott-Wesley shows remorse. Jimmy Williamson smiles.
- Douche nozzle of the week award goes to… Dan Sileo.
NCAA CFO Kathleen McNeely says NCAA is projecting revenues of $856.2 million for 2013-14 fiscal year—
Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) October 24, 2013
Not bad work, if you can get it.
Big game tomorrow… you need your energy.
- Georgia-LSU: it’s hammer time.
- Everybody’s enjoying Junior’s embarrassing loss to Wazzou.
- Nick Saban blames the fans for making his team “anxious”. Jeebus.
- Arkansas to TAMU: you can bring the band to the game, but we won’t let them play at halftime.
- Saban says the reason ‘Bama cancelled the Michigan State series is because the neutral site games his team plays are better for business.
- With two teams facing off that don’t run the spread, I get the feeling Gary Danielson is going to be happier than a pig in slop Saturday.
- The NCAA answers the Paterno family’s lawsuit.
- How would the SEC have handled the end of the Arizona State-Wisconsin game?
Everyone’s favorite conference commissioner thinks student-athletes not getting paid is so unfair… to the schools.
“I think we ought to work awful hard with the NFL and the NBA to create an opportunity for those folks. We have it in baseball, we have it in golf, works pretty good, we have it in golf, we have it in hockey. Why don’t we have it in football, basketball? Why is it our job to be minor leagues for professional sports?”
Well, Jimbo, you gotta admit you’re getting paid pretty well for that job.
Delany’s not stupid, just cynical. He knows exactly why things are the way they are with the NFL and NBA. And he also knows that he can work as hard as he wants to with them and it won’t change anything.
But it does give him a handy excuse to hold off on change at the college level, too – “Fellas, be patient. We’re talking to the NFL and NBA about changing the status quo, but you know these things take time.”
He’s just trying to be helpful.
UPDATE: As you might expect, John Infante has some chioce thoughts about Delany’s comments.