Banged for the buck

The SEC is a place that pisses money away on coaches like nowhere else, so why should this come as any surprise?

That defensive posture for the Power Five comes after the conferences — the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 — collectively spent $1,730,000 to lobby Congress in 2020 — by far the most they have spent in a year, according to lobbying disclosures reviewed by The Associated Press.

The NCAA, despite calling off its lucrative basketball tournaments last March, spent $480,000 on lobbying, roughly in line with its budget in past years, for a total of $2,210,000 paid to lobbyists with similar aims.

Each Power Five conference hired its own lobbying firm and they collectively hired the same two firms — one Republican and one Democratic — as part of their push for a narrow bill giving athletes NIL rights, with numerous restrictions. The Southeastern Conference had the biggest lobbying budget of any league and even outspent the NCAA, paying its lobbyists $570,000.

The lobbyists got most of their wish list into a bill introduced last month by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., but with Wicker no longer the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, it’s unlikely his bill would advance if it were reintroduced in the new Congress.  [Emphasis added.]

If Jimmy Sexton represented the lobbyists, he’d have already negotiated a raise and a contract extension for them, with a large buyout.

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9 responses to “Banged for the buck

  1. Bulldawg Bill

    Sounds like a gang bang and a cluster f*ck.

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  2. Lobbyists are the worst. They are worse than shyster lawyers, the slimy used car salesmen, unethical journalists, and career politicians. They don’t work to get something solved.

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  3. Player gets NIL rights to promote potato chips. Chip maker advertises on Disney. Lobbyist buys chips. Disney pays schools for content. Schools pay lobbyist. The money wheel spins.

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  4. NotMyCrossToBear

    It was an election year morons.

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  5. mg4life0331

    Well at least they were smart enough to pay both sides. One side will never listen to the other in my lifetime.

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  6. classiccitycanine

    But there’s no money to allow players a fair cut…

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