The SEC is losing the Johnson measuring contest. Again.

Hey, no worries.  I’m sure there isn’t a single SEC school president irritated by this.

Remember the last time that happened?  It’s how Georgia wound up not facing a conference football opponent at their place until 2024.

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Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness, SEC Football

27 responses to “The SEC is losing the Johnson measuring contest. Again.

  1. Give them credit; they signed a much smarter TV contract and shorter term. SEC would be wise to do the same.

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  2. Maybe this will be the way we finally get a 9-game conference schedule and get rid of the FCS opponents.

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    • Easy. All the SEC has to do is talk coaches into accepting a tougher schedule with the possibility of more losses and more difficult path to reaching their contract incentives. Check that. Hard.

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      • I didn’t say it was easy. If the presidents and the ADs want the money bump, the networks are going to demand something.

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        • Tony Barnfart

          I was under the impression that many ADs also have team /program performance bonus clauses in their contract that would conflict with the impetus for tougher scheduling. I know here where I live (Memphis), they ran the AD for the tigers off because (among other reasons) he got it in his head that he could schedule a non-conference cupcake slate like he was Alabama or otherwise in a Power Conference (which they are not). This year they play 2 sunbelts and an FCS on top of an American Athletic (mehh) schedule. The opener vs Ole Miss is the only P5 game they have.

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          • They may … I don’t know if McGarity has something like that in his contract. I would doubt it, or he would have fought the upgraded OOC scheduling with every fiber of his being.

            The only solution to the money question raised here ($100m / 14 = $7.1m per school) is to make the package more attractive by upgrading the schedules of existing members (9-game schedules/no FCS OOC games) or through expansion. Another round of expansion probably doesn’t generate the eyeballs without radically altering the geographic footprint (and good candidates are already locked down).

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      • PTC DAWG

        It’s not just the possibility of more losses for SEC Coaches, it’s a guarantee of more losses. I like the UGA model better..8 SEC Games, usually 2 Power 5 type teams every year. More schedule flexibility, IMHO.

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      • CB

        That’s what Kirby and Saban have done.

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  3. GruvenDawg

    9 game plus 1 minimum power 5 opponent OOC will be on the table with CBS. They are going to have to pay Fox $$$ to keep the SEC.

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  4. JCDawg83

    College football money bubble is going to burst and probably fairly soon. Attendance is down, the programs with a legitimate national championship chance are now down to about the same 5 or 6 teams every year so the rest of the 130 or so FBS teams fans are losing interest. The ADs and AAs are squeezing the fans for more and more money and the fans are finding other things to spend their time and money on. Young alumni and fans are being priced out of going to games and the young alumni and fans of the other 125 teams that don’t really have a chance at a championship will not have the passion of the top 5 or 6 team’s fans. The idea of the luxury suites and corporate money making up the difference is wrong. There aren’t many corporate headquarters in Athens, Tuscaloosa or Clemson and the college game just doesn’t attract the big glitzy corporate crowd the NFL does.

    College football today, especially the SEC and Big 10, are in pretty much the exact same place NASCAR was in the early 90s. They think they can do no wrong and they take their fans and ticket buyers totally for granted. The fall will be swift and brutal when it happens. Once the stadiums start having large empty sections and fan interest drops, the tv money will start dropping. It won’t happen in the next 5 years but it could easily happen in the next 10.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Things are rarely as good, nor as bad as they seem. Way to go full boat negative here.

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      • Classic City Canine

        I think he’s more right than wrong. I just hope Georgia gets a national championship or two in the next 5 years before the game takes a turn for the worse. It’s particularly depressing as a 29 year old because hopefully I’ve got a lot of years of fandom left before I check out, unlike say my 70 year old aunt and uncle who’ve been season ticket holders for years and are starting to decrease their attendance with age. I also don’t have any other sports that I follow religiously so if CFB is ruined, I’m SOL.

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    • Tony Barnfart

      I wonder if the growth of MLS is going to divert discretionary dollars / time/ weekends away from some of it. Pretty young crowds at these soccer games (can’t speak for ATLUtd necessarily, just in general). 2hrs or under in and out, no TV timeouts………I’ve spent my whole life being disinterested at best (mocking at worst) of soccer until the past 2 years or so. Now I have local USL tix, enjoy going to the games, started watching a ton on TV, etc.

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      • PTC DAWG

        We wait every year 8 months for College Football…what’s the appeal of shorter games?

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        • For someone who doesn’t sit in the heat of Sanford as the 3rd TV timeout in 5 game-clock minutes happens, you have a lot of nerve to make that comment.

          No one who is actually in the stadium loves to see the guy in the red hat come out with that stupid countdown clock after every stoppage of play. It’s to the point of being damn ridiculous.

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      • soccerdawg

        I’m an @atlutd season ticket holder and a @georgiadogs season ticket holder. I can be at the AtlUtd game in 30 minutes and ride Marta not having to worry about parking. I can tailgate just outside the stadium. Athens is 2.2 hours away, they gouge me for parking and it getting harder for me to justify. Kept mys eats this year only because of ND and ATM.

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  5. Well, if we decided to pick up FSU, we’d be adding to the bottom of the conference . . .

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  6. ASEF

    Birmingham ain’t Chicago. You can’t create Top 20 media markets out of thin air. The ACC and SEC split the major metropolitan areas in GA and FL in recruits (win!) and viewers ( 😦 ). No amount of expansion or scheduling is close that gap with the B1G. Just years and years of more people loving South.

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  7. stoopnagle

    So, the price of a playoff spot is about $100 million?

    B1G started their network, went to 9 league games for programming, and it’s perhaps cost them one slot in the CFP. But I bet they think it’s worth it.

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  8. 6claude

    I think the Big 10 renegotiated their tv deals more recently so they received a bump? The SEC will have the same opportunity and the gap will shrink or disappear.

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    • Macallanlover

      Let’s hope Slive is barred from the negotiations this time around. He got pantsed by CBS on that last deal, humiliated by be a better word.

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  9. Bulldog Joe

    Our #72 Netori Johnson is 6’4″ 320 lbs.

    The rest of the SEC needs to step it up.

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  10. DawgPhan

    Well sense everyone agrees that people should only be paid relative to the amount of revenue they generate, I am sure those overpaid SEC coaches will be getting a pay cut. Its patriotic.

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  11. Hal Evans

    And how many national titles has that equated to versus the SEC? They could make 200 million more and still suck.

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  12. CB

    I’m a couple of days behind here, but doesn’t this at least in part highlight the fact that the geography of the Big 10 encompasses more high caliber tv markets. Technically New York is within their range, plus Chicago and Philly in the top 5. That’s three markets bigger than any in the SEC. The highest the SEC could boast are Dallas #5 and Houston #8, and even those markets would be fragmented in Longhorn country. Next is Atlanta at #10, and it’s all downhill from there.

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