Category Archives: It’s Just Bidness

Another good day for Jimmy Sexton

If Boom is worth north of $4 million a year, escalating beyond $5 million, what’s Kirby Smart worth now?

Look out reserve fund… or Hartman Fund contributions.

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“It may be difficult to view revenue-generating players as exploited.”

Thought I’d throw this opinion piece out there for you to chew on.  It’s the author’s perspective that’s most interesting.

… I can’t endorse a system that exploits football and basketball players so that “nonrevenue” athletes like me — runners, tennis players, golfers, gymnasts, swimmers — can both play and study.

Unlike college athletes who bring in revenue, nonrevenue athletes get to earn quality degrees. We are the beneficiaries of college athletics. Meanwhile, the professionalism required of big-time college football and basketball athletes leaves no time for the “student” part of the student-athlete equation.

As an undergraduate student and track and field athlete at University of North Carolina, I was the prototypical athlete you learn about in NCAA messaging: Elite athletics enhanced my education as I earned my degree to “go pro” in something other than sports.

So, then, she’s a Title IX baby who had her place paid for by the revenue generating sports.  She’s honest about that, along with how the demands on the student-athletes in those sports were different from those on her.

I embraced the weekly grind of the college athlete lifestyle, much like they did. I hit hard workouts, lifted weights and completed my prehab and rehab in the training room. But, unlike them, my sport responsibilities ended there. While they memorized playbooks, studied films and fulfilled media obligations, I escaped to the library in what became a love affair with history.

Thanks to the labor of football and basketball players, I did not pay for college, took full advantage of attending one of the top public universities in the nation, and traveled to cool places on the school’s dime.

She goes on to make a Jim Crow analogy that I’ll leave for another discussion, but my main question is more generic:  if her situation, which essentially was a full ride for a certain commitment level, is considered a baseline, is it really fair to limit consideration for student-athletes required to provide much greater contributions time-wise and effort-wise in sports that generate large sums of revenue for schools to a level that isn’t that much higher?

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Today, in making a buck

His NCAA career over, Davin Bellamy has applied to trademark the phrase “Humble Yourself”.

If issued, although the process will likely take a few months, the trademark would allow Bellamy and only Bellamy to be able to profit from using “Humble yourself” on various clothing apparel and other merchandise.

Given his status as a Georgia graduate getting set to enter the NFL draft, any revenue will not have any effect on his NCAA eligibility.

The only thing, then, that separates Bellamy’s commercial enterprise from causing him a problem is timing.  The message, the player, the money… everything else is the same.  That this makes sense to anyone is strange to me.

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The origins of clickbait

What banks were like to Willie Sutton is what you are to the AJ-C’s sports editors.

It isn’t animosity that drives the local paper’s Georgia coverage.  It’s nothing personal.  They’re just grabbing as many eyeballs as they can.

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“The whole world is making money Monday night. Everybody.”

Dan Wolken wonders if we’re crossing into new territory with the first $2 million assistant coach.

But with $2 million now becoming the new norm for top assistants, a rubicon has been crossed. When I pulled SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey aside Saturday at media day for the championship game to get his reaction, he largely agreed that it felt like a significant moment in the same way it did when college football had its first $1 million head coach, its first $2 million head coach, its first $5 million coach and so on.

While Sankey professed the expected interest and typical concern for what those escalating salaries mean, he believes the market eventually will reach a limit, which is an odd thing to say considering it has never happened in the history of college sports.

“There is an end,” Sankey said. “There is.”

Eh, I dunno.  On one level, this sure seems like something that will shock the conscience for about as long as the first $2 million head coaching salary did.  Which is to say, not very.  Then again, I have to grudgingly admit there might be something to this line of thought:

At least when you’re paying Nick Saban $11 million or Dabo Swinney $8.5 million or Urban Meyer $6.4 million, schools can tie that cost directly to the image of the university. The numbers may be obscene, but there’s no argument to be made against their value as championship-winning football coaches in all facets of running the school. Alabama is a better university academically because Saban’s championships have helped attract talent in every department from chemistry to social sciences; Clemson’s campus and its student body have been enhanced because people saw Swinney’s product on television and thought that might be cool to be part of.

But when you start defending coordinators making upwards of $2 million a year as an integral tie to higher education or having value to a university that extends beyond the reach of football, you’re just not telling the truth, particularly while players are told that accepting anything beyond the value of their scholarships is anathema to the sacred rules of amateurism.

Maybe the NCAA model always had been indefensible, but it feels like it’s being flaunted in a way that no intelligent person can rationalize any longer, and it’s being done in college football for a group largely composed of wealthy, white men clinging to an ideal the public no longer has a strong belief in.

Of course, in the end, I’m sure the geniuses running college football will have all the answers.  Aren’t you?

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Two words. Two simple words.

No, silly, not those two words.  These two:

The College Football Playoff management committee, which is comprised of the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, are in unanimous agreement that the CFP should not expand beyond four teams right now[Emphasis added.]

The big boys are tossing a $15 million bone to the mid-majors and those conference commissioners know that’s the best they’ve done and the best they’ll do — for now.  For all the talk about UCF’s national championship parade and the “Some critics of the system have said that what’s missing in college football is the Cinderella stories that are seen more frequently in the college basketball tournament…” garbage, the money is what this has been and will always be about.

And you know what?  These guys are patient.  They know sooner or later that what ESPN is raining down on Delany and Sankey won’t be enough anymore and when that day comes, there will be more to pass through.  So what do they have to lose by waiting?  It’s not like they’ve got better options, anyway.

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SEC contracts, where it just means less

Arkansas lawyers:  We screwed up the drafting of Bert’s contract so he’s owed a bigger buyout in the millions than he actually negotiated.  Who could do anything that incompetent?

Tennessee lawyers:  Hold our beer.

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