Some tasty morsels out there, ready to be sampled:
- The Sports Business Journal has an interesting article on the World Wide Leader’s manuvering with regard to boosting the presence of ESPNU (h/t Capstone Report). Why should we care? Quite simply, because of this: “The channel, which launched in the spring of 2005, has been at the center of ESPN’s most recent media deals. ESPNU will pick up a significant part of ESPN’s SEC schedule and is expected to run shoulder programming that supports ESPN’s BCS package.”
- Over at Capstone Report, you’ll find this post laying out the athletic department budgets for every school in the SEC except for Vandy, a private school that doesn’t disclose, and Alabama, a Nick Saban school that doesn’t disclose. Good stuff, and I hope they’ll go back in a year or two after the new TV revenues have been fed into the system to see what effect those have had on these budgets.
- Chris, over at Smart Football, offers some more thoughts on the whole NFL-scouts-versus-system-quarterbacks debate. He thinks the concern is a bit overblown and that the scouts need to work harder or get out of the way. I think that’s valid to some extent, but check out the third comment to his post for some solid points on the other side of the discussion.
- And speaking of Smart Football, I love wading through stuff like this.
- People are noticing that attendance at the first two rounds of this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was down and wondering if there’s a lesson from that to be applied to the football postseason.