Category Archives: Big Ten Football

This CFP aggression will not stand, man.

A Jim Delany – Bill Hancock showdown?  One can only hope.

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Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Big Ten Football

Michigan breaks a date with Bert.

Good to see this game come back.

In order to make room for it, though, something’s gotta give.  In this case, it’s the home-and-home the Wolverines scheduled with Arkansas.  How bad do they want out?

This bad.

Can you put a price tag on karma?

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Filed under Arkansas Is Kind Of A Big Deal, Big Ten Football

The money river keeps on rolling.

For all the glum talk about ESPN’s future, it didn’t stop Mickey from shelling out more than a billion dollars over the next six years for the second half of the Big Ten’s media rights package.

The $2.64 billion deals with Fox, ESPN and CBS average $440 million per year and nearly triple the amount ESPN and CBS had been paying for the same programming. ESPN signed a 10-year deal worth $100 million annually in 2006 — a payout that increased to $150 million this year due to the addition of Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers to the conference. CBS paid an average of around $6 million for its current basketball-only deal.

The deal does not include Big Ten Network’s package of rights, which runs to 2031-32.

I suspect the SEC is paying attention.  Unfortunately, its contracts aren’t up for rebidding for a few years.  Unless something comes up, like conference expansion (again)…

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Filed under Big Ten Football, ESPN Is The Devil, It's Just Bidness

If goofy college mascots don’t parade, the terrorists win.

Make what you will of this.

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When they tell you there isn’t enough money…

Hey, remember when Jim Delany threatened to take his ball and go home by claiming he’d move the Big Ten to a Division III model rather than pay players?  He later attempted to distance himself from that sentiment.  Not that anyone in his right mind took Delany seriously in the first place.  After seeing numbers like this, why would anyone?

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Beer, with a twist

Per SB Nation’s Ohio State website, “After an evidently successful pilot program selling beer on only the suite level of Ohio Stadium, Ohio State stadium operations and athletics announced Wednesday that beer would be available stadium wide at fall football games during the 2016 season.”

Here’s the neat trick.

One can only imagine Jimmy Williamson’s reaction if they ever tried that in Sanford Stadium.

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Getting what you paid for

Today, in fun with numbers:

  • The Pac-12 distributed an average of $25.1 million to each school in 2014-15.  Larry Scott, its commissioner, earned almost $4.05 million in total compensation for the same fiscal year.
  • During that same period, the Big Ten paid its eleven longstanding members around $32.4 million.  Jim Delany’s compensation for that time was $2.6 million.

I never thought I’d live in a world where Jim Delany was a relative bargain.

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Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness, Pac-12 Football