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Is college sports' next move a split from NCAA?

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07:02 AM ET 04.23 | This sets up as an important week in Pasadena, Calif., where meetings will determine some of the moving parts to a new playoff system. One group, though, will surely dominate the cocktail party and golf course conversations, even while its influence in the future of college football further weakens: the NCAA. As college athletics sifts through an avalanche of foundational issues, the credibility and viability of its governing body has never been more in question. ... [The] calls to start over are louder than ever. Although the notion that big football schools might eventually break away from the NCAA is not new, the overwhelming sense within the industry is that some sort of major change is on the horizon.

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Mark Emmert, US Presswire Mark Emmert, US Presswire
April 23, 2013  10:09 AM ET

All say it will create a new division, not break away. The schools don't want the headache of trying to govern themselves.

With over 130 D1A/FBS schools this needs to be done. Its a cycle that never ends. D1 is created for the large competitive schools, the never-gonna-be's want a piece of the pie and clog the works. So they create D1A and D1AA, to get a smaller group to manage and be competitive.

Then, the AA schools want a piece of the ver growing pie, so 30-40 or them join D1A (FBS) and the cycle repeats. Face facts, there are 30-40 schools that are competitive. Add another 20-30 for fodder and thats as big as D1 should ever be.

April 23, 2013  10:28 AM ET

BCS auto-qualifiers need to break away from the rest.....level the playing field a bit.

April 23, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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BCS auto-qualifiers need to break away from the rest.....level the playing field a bit.

I don't know enough about the "mid-major" FBS schools (MAC, MWC, etc) athletic budgets to weigh in on this issue. i suspect they would have to reduce the number of scholly's and perhaps sports offered if they are cut off from the big boys money pipeline.

April 23, 2013  11:18 AM ET
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I don't know enough about the "mid-major" FBS schools (MAC, MWC, etc) athletic budgets to weigh in on this issue. i suspect they would have to reduce the number of scholly's and perhaps sports offered if they are cut off from the big boys money pipeline.

Yep, there would be some financial pain at the level at which the line is drawn. But I tend to agree with Guido, FBS is just too big with too large of a disparity in resources from the top to the bottom.

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April 23, 2013  11:39 AM ET
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So would a number of the big boys. There's no question there's a ton of money flying around out there but in reality only a handful are net positive at the end of the year. Therein lies the rub for me. Everyone is football focused which drives the revenues--most other sports are money losers. But that focus is pushing people to make decisions that will effect other athletes and programs. You would see a domino effect IMO because falling revenues means dropping programs but when you do you then have to balance title IX requirements which means potentially dropping other programs. If people think the bit<hing was bad when schools dropped sport to comply with T9 then imagine what its going to be like when falling revenues combined with T9 requirements begin to tug at the ADs of all schools. To me the money should be put back into the programs to help support all athletes and provide opportunities across all sports. I could care less what the football players think they are entitled to get.Oh and the NCAA is a worthless organization and I have no other thoughts on them. spineless, worthless.

The example I think of, close to home, is TxSt. They were a quality FCS school, and seemed to have a number of other athletic programs. Moving to FBS, they aren't really any better, and the revenue is only slightly better.

With all the TV channels out there now, everyone can get a small TV deal. Once the Pac and Sec networks are fully operational, FoxSports, NBC Sports and the other half dozen sports channels will need content.

As for Rice. I'll still take in a game or two if they were a lower level. I'll still give some $$.

April 23, 2013  12:45 PM ET
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Face facts, there are 30-40 schools that are competitive. Add another 20-30 for fodder and thats as big as D1 should ever be.

Four 32-school super-conferences with 4 divisions each. The big money schools will be spread across three in order to increase the odds of making the national playoff. The fourth will be the true LSOP conference, the D1/FBS wannabes, the gridiron fodder for one lucky conference champion in the first round of the national payoff. "Capping" D1/FBS at an inflated 128 teams leaves plenty of candidates for the post-season invitationals (fka Bowls) which crowd the TV/video offerings around the conference playoffs (early December) and the national playoff (Dec/Jan).

April 23, 2013  01:49 PM ET

Would you pay to see Emmert abused (like the revenge scene in 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo')?

Time for a change! Fro the good of the NCAA, Emmert has to go!

April 23, 2013  01:59 PM ET
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Four 32-school super-conferences with 4 divisions each. The big money schools will be spread across three in order to increase the odds of making the national playoff. The fourth will be the true LSOP conference, the D1/FBS wannabes, the gridiron fodder for one lucky conference champion in the first round of the national payoff. "Capping" D1/FBS at an inflated 128 teams leaves plenty of candidates for the post-season invitationals (fka Bowls) which crowd the TV/video offerings around the conference playoffs (early December) and the national playoff (Dec/Jan).

Hey! We in the B1G resent being called the LSOP conference. I don't care how much we look like cannon fodder. ;-)

April 23, 2013  02:15 PM ET

Breaking away from the NCAA would be huge for the business we know as collegiate sports.

April 23, 2013  04:06 PM ET
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Hey! We in the B1G resent being called the LSOP conference. I don't care how much we look like cannon fodder. ;-)

Yeah, those big bruisers in CUSA, the Sunbelt, the MAC, and the MWC are making the older, traditional programs look bad....


;-)

April 23, 2013  09:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Four 32-school super-conferences with 4 divisions each. The big money schools will be spread across three in order to increase the odds of making the national playoff. The fourth will be the true LSOP conference, the D1/FBS wannabes, the gridiron fodder for one lucky conference champion in the first round of the national payoff. "Capping" D1/FBS at an inflated 128 teams leaves plenty of candidates for the post-season invitationals (fka Bowls) which crowd the TV/video offerings around the conference playoffs (early December) and the national playoff (Dec/Jan).

LOL....great joke. Very funny/sarcastic

 
April 24, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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