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“Bill of Rights” For College Football Players?
Last month the California Senate approved a bill that would force the state’s four Pac-12 programs to spend part of their athletic revenues on additional health care and scholarship benefits for athletes. Dubbed the “Student-Athlete Bill of Rights”, the measure would also strip the schools of their right to discipline or restrict transfer requests by athletes.
Published June 26, 2012 - 1:36pm
Alabama & LSU Prosecute Fans Using Trademarks
LSU officials are suing fans that created the Honey Badger shirts. Alabama officials already lost a lawsuit against a Tuscaloosa painter who created images of the football team. Read more about these copyright cases…
Published June 19, 2012 - 9:30am
Transparency Key To Playoff Selection Committee
The political process moving college football from the bowl system to a playoff now appears focused on the method of selecting participants. The media and some conference officials, notably SEC boss Mike Slive, advocate a “four best teams” approach that would inevitably involve some sort of selection committee.
Published June 11, 2012 - 7:29am
Why The 6-1-1 Schedule Is Temporary & How Equestrian Impacts SEC Football
Last week’s SEC Spring Meetings produced one major football announcement, the first 14-team conference schedule. The approved 6-1-1 model is hardly exciting, but fans should take comfort that it’s likely a temporary fix. SEC leaders didn’t add Missouri and Texas A&M just to water down their regular season product to the point where most cross-division games will occur once every six years.
Published June 4, 2012 - 12:49pm
Maintaining “Amateurism” Crucial For NCAA Existence
The media loves to complain about athletes who act “above the law.” Yet it’s sports owners and sports leagues—including the NCAA—that enjoy far greater legal privileges in relation to the ordinary person, especially the ordinary businessperson.
Published May 31, 2012 - 1:22pm
Ramifications For A Potential College Football Playoff
Last week’s announcement of a SEC-Big 12 postseason matchup starting in 2014 appears to be another step towards a full-scale college football playoff. With the Big Ten and Pac-12 already committed to the Rose Bowl, the new SEC-Big 12 game (at a yet-to-be-determined site) essentially creates de facto national semifinals. All that remains is a “plus-one” championship game.
Published May 22, 2012 - 10:25am
Will Government Eventually Regulate Football?
Junior Seau’s May 2 suicide prompted another round of media hand-wringing over the future of football. Less than a week after Seau’s death, journalists Malcolm Gladwell and Buzz Bissinger—the latter author of the famous “Friday Night Lights” book that spawned a feature film and television series—took to microphones in New York to argue for an outright ban on college football.
Published May 15, 2012 - 11:09am
A Radical Proposal To Save The Big East
The Big East faces renegotiation of its television contract—a pittance compared to the SEC and Big 10—and loss of its “automatic qualified” status if and when the BCS moves to a more open playoff format in 2014. The Big East, long subsidized by its guaranteed BCS berth, faces a post-2014 world as the country’s seventh-best college football conference—one with no strong identity or iconic program.
Published May 7, 2012 - 2:11pm
How The NFL Depends On College Football
While we tend to think of the NFL as the dominant sports business, the colleges have always driven American football. The game was invented at the college level in the 19th century. The NFL did not attain true legitimacy until roughly the mid-1950s. When the NFL took its two major steps into adulthood—adopting a national television contract and merging with the upstart American Football League.
Published April 30, 2012 - 12:33pm
John L. Smith’s Weber State Departure Not Shocking
There isn’t a single university, including Arkansas and Weber State, that doesn’t know that hiring a coach is essentially an at-will agreement for both sides. The contract isn’t meant to guarantee specific performance. It functions more like an insurance policy. That’s why contracts generally have buyout clauses and bonuses if the coach is still employed at certain future dates.
Published April 25, 2012 - 2:57pm