You know, the NFL has a pretty sweet deal when it comes to college football. All that development of talent for three, four, five years without any direct expense – not bad.
So I can’t say I’ve got a lot of sympathy for any inconvenience the League might suffer when it comes to dealing with the talent pipeline. On the other hand, college football isn’t exactly covering itself in glory with its latest move.
Though it is not the over-arching, long-term agreement it sought with eight of college football’s major conferences, the NFL believes a short-term arrangement to receive digitized versions of this season’s game tapes directly from all affected schools is now in place, a league source told SI.com Thursday.
SI.com first reported almost three weeks ago that the stand-off between the NFL and a Boston-area company that produces and disseminates the digitized content of NCAA games for eight major conferences was proving to be a stumbling block for the league committee charged with evaluating the readiness of juniors who are potential 2010 draft prospects.
XOS Technologies, based in Billerica, Mass., in August requested the NFL pay a rights fee between $20 million and $30 million for a multi-year commitment to electronically receive the coaches’ tape content that formerly was supplied basically for free as a mutually beneficial consideration between the NFL and NCAA.
XOS said it requested the rights fee on the behalf of its eight client conferences — including the SEC, Pac-10, Big 12, WAC, Mid-American and Sun Belt — but the NFL asked the conference commissioners to differentiate between the value of the game-tape content for the league’s evaluation purposes as opposed to any commercialization of the content to media outlets.
Sure, we get the idea that you’re pissed about the lack of monetary support from the pros, guys. But using the draft-eligible pool of college talent – kids, in many cases, from whom you’ve been generating a pretty good revenue stream of your own – to squeeze a few bucks out of the bastards is a pretty shoddy move on your part.