Daily Archives: May 21, 2018

Blessed peace

Things will be looking up this fall when I watch college football, it seems.

Now if they would just get that “dilly, dilly” crap off the air…

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Had to make sure

This one boggles my mind.

Kansas, it took you more than six years to figure out how incompetent this guy was?  Sheesh.

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Filed under Charlie Weis Is A Big Fat..., General Idiocy

When did ‘Bama fans get so whiny?

I’m not even sure I understand the complaint here.

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UPDATE:  Paul Myerberg points out that ‘Bama dropped a five-star quarterback in Blake Barnett, too.

Say it with me now… *crickets*.

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History repeating

Dawg fans will hear a familiar echo, echo, echo in this piece.

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The next wrinkle in conference expansion?

There may be gold in them ‘thar sports books, pardnah.

The NBA and Major League Baseball are already pursuing the so-called integrity fee, a percentage of the amount bet that’s cloaked as payments to maintain integrity and oversight of their sport in each state.

“Neither the NCAA or any conferences have joined them,” Rodenberg said, “but perhaps they will.”

Of course they will. There’s too much money at stake, not to mention too much existing debt and too many escalating costs.

And because the Power Five control college football, not the NCAA — thank you, SCOTUS — they could be free to pursue their own integrity fees just as they cut their own TV deals.

Imagine each conference collecting one percent of the total handle (i.e., amount wagered) on football games in states throughout its footprint.

(Also think about the potential impact on realignment: Smaller schools in big-handle states could become more desirable. By 2030, Buffalo just might be a member of the SEC.)

Dunno about Buffalo, but I’d keep an eye on what the Big Ten may reap from Rutgers and a potential New Jersey integrity fee over the next few years.  If that pans out favorably, I can’t imagine Greg Sankey’s willing to leave that kind of money on the table for too long, even if the SEC gets to dip its wick in Mississippi’s doing something similar.  If not, there’s no telling where the SEC goes.

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Filed under College Football, It's Just Bidness

One thing ESPN is good at

Is there anything more quintessentially Mickey than this pot-stirring piece on the totally irrelevant (at least for 99% of the sports-viewing world) Alabama-Central Florida national title “debate”?

The sad thing is that I doubt it’ll be the last time the WWL touches on it.

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“I’m fairly critical of the Pac-12 organization.”

This is one helluva story.

The beginning of one of the biggest Pac-12 football games of last season was preempted by a NASCAR truck race. When it became apparent the Lucas Oil 150 was going to run long, FS1 delayed the Stanford-Washington game by 15 minutes to 10:45 p.m. ET.

It wasn’t enough of a delay. Even though the game was shifted to little-seen FS2 and the Fox Sports app, thanks to the trucks — and Fox’s commitment to them — most viewers missed the entire first quarter.

“That was unfortunate,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said recently. “I was not happy about that. … There were definitely [people] upset about that.”

Scott is proud to say such an occurrence will no longer happen. The Pac-12 was assured by Fox officials a couple of weeks ago that, were there to be a future conflict, conference games will be shifted to … Fox Business Channel.

Man’s a genius.

The header quote, by the way, is from the chancellor of the University of California, one of (presumably) Scott’s bosses.  Last time I checked, Larry Scott is still the highest paid conference boss, which means the chancellor is as big a talker as Scott is.  Everyone out there deserves each other.

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