Jim Delany sounds like exactly what he is, somebody on the way out of a job with zero fucks to give anymore.
Get a few drinks in him and I bet he’d offer an equally interesting take on desegregation.
This is pretty funny.
Welcome South, brother. Makes you wonder how well Bobo is understood out in Colorado.
Here’s a fantastic deep dive by Andy Staples ($$) on what’s coming as the current broadcast deal nears its end.
Three basic points of consideration:
- The property is significantly undervalued by current-day standards. “The SEC title game commands the highest percentage of the transaction, but CBS pays $55 million a year for a 15-game package of the SEC’s best contests. That averages out to $3.67 million a game for a product that probably could command more than five times that price on the open market now.”
- Certain Johnsons are being measured. “In fiscal year 2018, the first year that included its most recent media rights deal, the Big Ten made $759 million. The SEC made $660 million. The biggest reason? The SEC is severely underpaid for the most valuable package of games in college football.”
- There is a non-monetary value to CBS being the broadcast partner. “That exposure had helped turn the SEC from a regional brand into a national one, and Slive and Gerber considered it critically important to keep that platform available to the league.”
I can’t imagine the conference is willing to compromise on any of those three issues in the upcoming negotiations. If there are likely to be three main bidders in CBS, ESPN and Fox, which of the three is most likely to give the SEC what it wants in return for what might very well be the crown jewel of college football broadcast deals?
I’ve thought about making this request before, never have, but what the hell…
Lord knows I’ve gotten a ton of appreciative comments about the blog’s banner, as well as plenty of questions about its origins. All I really know is guesswork, which means not much.
Anyway, I’d really like to know something more definitive about the story. If there’s a reader out there who knows Coach Dooley, or anyone else who was present when the presser occurred (I assume that’s what was going on there) and can get him/her to open up about what went down, I’d love to hear about it.
Not just about the Godfather, either. Somebody’s got to tell me about that shirt Dooley’s wearing. Inquiring minds want to know, and all that.
This is hilarious — an Orlando Sentinel article that posits Dan Mullen has a way to go to reach Steve Spurrier’s level… on the golf course.
Here’s hoping Mullen spends the time he needs to close that particular gap.
Nick Saban wants you to know he’s okay with the transfer portal, except when he’s not.
“If we’re going to have a transfer portal that’s good for the players, then we ought to have a rule that says regardless of what happens when you transfer, you have to sit out a year,” Saban said. “That’s how it’s been for years and years and years. All right. And now we have, I don’t know — at one point in time there was 65 waivers that were given. So everybody’s expectation is I can transfer and get a waiver. And I don’t think that’s a good thing.
“So, we make commitments to players for four years. They make commitments to us to be in our program. It may not work out for everybody, and they may have a better opportunity someplace else, but if they have to sit out for a year, it would be a consequence for them in terms of their commitment.”
There’s an “All right” in there, so you know he’s serious, but, really, arguing that making the players sit out for a year is somehow for their own good while in the same breath labeling the delay a consequence for them makes for some Olympic-level mental gymnastics. Even more so coming from the guy who mastered the art of roster management a decade ago.
The sad thing is there’s a valid point to be made about the waiver process being too subjective, leading some kids to overestimate their prospects. It’s just that Saban’s so focused on how he’s personally inconvenienced he plows right over it. Color me shocked, shocked by that. The only real commitment Nick Saban believes in is the commitment to Nick Saban.