Daily Archives: February 20, 2016

Jim Delany’s moment of awkward silence

For once, it seems the cat’s got Big Jim’s tongue.  Wonder why.

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Filed under Big Ten Football, Recruiting

Remain calm, Vol fans… all is well.

Who you gonna believe, Booch or them lyin’ reporters?

I mean, you’ve first got to wait and see if Tennessee wins the East this season, right?

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Crime and Punishment

Our IPF can beat up your IPF.

Jason Eck is the offensive line coach at South Dakota State.  Apparently he wants to compare the size of his Johnson with Greg McGarity’s.

Cheeky bastich, no?

Hit him with your reserve fund, Greg.

(h/t Big Shock)

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An 800-pound gorilla with a contract

Verizon comes up with a “skinny bundle” that excludes ESPN.  Mickey cries foul and sues.  Verizon revises its “skinny bundle” arrangement and comes up with a second option that includes ESPN.  Mickey seems pleased.

In a statement, ESPN said, “We are encouraged by the changes that Verizon has made to Custom TV.” It added that it expected subscribers to enjoy “ESPN and ESPN2 as part of the new entry-level Custom TV offering.”

Verizon says it’s not about the lawsuit at all.

A Verizon spokesman said the changes had not been made to settle the lawsuit ESPN filed in State Supreme Court in New York, but to adapt to its customers’ buying patterns.

Still, Verizon’s chief financial officer, Fran Shammo, said Verizon was planning to “refresh” Custom TV “in the short term to be in compliance with our contractual relationships.”

Uh hunh.  Sounds like ESPN still has some leverage.  The next contract negotiation will be interesting, though.

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“Now I can’t even come close.”

The ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots, in one paragraph:

Texas has a larger athletic budget — No. 1 nationally at $179 million — than the entire Mountain West combined. Nick Saban makes more per year than the lower-resource Mid-America Conference gets in network media rights. Two of the MAC’s head coaches have left their jobs in the last two years to become coordinators at major-conference schools.

You’d think that’s a big problem for the mid-majors.  But, no, my friends, the real pending crisis faces the wealthy.

“One has to wonder what’s the world going to look like 10 years from now?” said one Power Five athletic director who did not want to be identified. “That’s a fascinating conversation. If we don’t care [about the smaller schools], we might be needing to prepare to play each other.”

Oh.  My.  Gawd.  That would be awful.

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UPDATE:  Turns out there’s nothing to worry about here.

Emmert said having a one-size fits all structure is challenging when athletic budgets range from $10 million at one school to the $106 million South Carolina projects this school year.

 “But everybody’s recognizing that’s that is just the reality of the world like so many things in life,” Emmert said. “They’re all trying to adjust to it.”

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